Timely G-20/Tariff Meeting Chart – World GDP

It appears the Tariff talks continue to go on…

We are personally surprised as we thought much of this was posturing and there would be an agreement sooner rather than later …

This weekend at the G-20 meeting (here is a cool live China site on the matter) there is hope to finally settle the Tariff concerns…

Will see – if they do, market participants may likely sound a sigh of relief… and visa versa …

Our Friends at Visual Capitalist/How Much.com are out with a neat chart to keep the matters in perspective..

World GDP at a Glance

world-economy-gdp

Have a Great “World GDP Updated” Day!

John A. Kvale CFA, CFP

Founder of J.K. Financial, Inc.
A Dallas Texas based fee only
Financial Planning Total Wealth
Management firm.
jkfinancialinc
street-cents

 

Clumping Property Tax and Deductions Reminder – Standard Deduction Maximization Strategy

Over the Thanksgiving Holiday’s several family members were surprised to find out that there are still tax law changes – well clarifications, that are going on at this time…

It is possible that there will be changes/clarifications occurring right up and through this first “New” Tax season…

Now is reminder time for taxes — but given the above — we have more of a butter knife than a tax scalpel for our surgical tax techniques — No matter …. Let’s go!

Clumping Property Tax

A joint family will receive a $24k – yes … Twenty Four Thousand Dollar STANDARD deduction – add on to this that the new limited – state and local sales tax (SALT) deduction (read property tax) of $10k annually,  planning is needed to maximize deductions.

The easiest and most common way to POSSIBLY maximize deductions is to clump your property taxes as well as other elective expenses. As you can easily tell, clumping your SALT deductions will get you to $20k so we are still not there…

Mortgages interest up to $1million in loan value prior to 2018 and $750k after is still deductible.

Bad Deduction Planning

All of this fancy acceleration and delayed of tax deductible expenses is to avoid the following –

Every year coming up with just under the standard deduction! I.e. $23k of deductions annually is likely not as tax efficient as possible…

A better solution would look like this:

Clumping Taxes

Skip years = Standard/no itemization/simple tax return

According to this AARP report earlier in 2018 the approximate 30% of tax payers who formerly itemized will drop to about 10% –

Bottom Line do not feel bad if you do not itemize, BUT you may still be able to itemize every other year, under an appropriate standard deduction tax max strategy.

Reach out with questions before year’s end – We can help you calculate what the best strategy may be!

Have a Great “Standard Deduction Maximization” Day!

John A. Kvale CFA, CFP

Founder of J.K. Financial, Inc.
A Dallas Texas based fee only
Financial Planning Total Wealth
Management firm.
jkfinancialinc
street-cents

Our Most FAMOUS Video – “Happy Thanksgiving!” – From the Road

Early on in the Video publishing days — yea, call it green or rookie … a desire to publish something from the family about Thanksgiving during a cold day that the entire family just happened to be in the office occurred …

“Bad Idea – I am not getting into any video with them!”  

Wiser words than could have possibly been known by the Mrs. in advance…

Happy Thanksgiving!

This will likely be our last, if not the last time to run this video, as they have grown up and look like this now …..

 

Sophia and Pierc

As you can see… still have personality….
So this is an un-cut series of actual video attempts — note late in the video yours truly is just about at the end of the rope….

HAPPY THANKSGIVING !

Best Wishes !

John A. Kvale CFA, CFP

 

Friday Before Thanksgiving – See You at the Party Tomorrow – Office Hours Next Week – Travels – Our Most Popular Video Ever Next Week!

Is it me or did Thanksgiving get here F A S T – way to fast.. Wow ….

It only gets faster and busier now…. New Years here we come … whoaaaa – hold on just a second!

Annual Holiday Party DAC

Tomorrow is our Annual Holiday Party at DAC — we thank all of you that are coming — we are going to have a good group

Don’t forget to wear some Holiday Threads as we have a professional photographer that is sure to make us all look good!

Shhh – here is a last minute secret — if you forgot to RSVP – just let Jen@jkfnancialinc.com  know today – we put a little extra headcount cushion for those that … well,  got busy with other things…

YES there will be an open bar – Please do not drink and drive – but an afternoon cheers is certainly in order!

Long time Holiday Participants may notice the new address that corrects the GPS problem from years before – newbies – just plug the address in and you will be directed to the party site (A feat not exactly straight forward in years past!)

Travels for Thanksgiving and Office Hours

With a Christmas schedule that includes a huge and long lasting Tennis Tournament – Thanksgiving has become the only entire family get together time –

I will be out next week with the family for an early/only Holiday get together ..

Jen the “Tennis Beast” will be driving the ship on Monday and Tuesday – with the office being closed the remaining portion of the week…

I am going to try and stay away from Technology – but usually after a bit, the check-in itch cometh… will see !

Most Popular Video – The Final Showing

On Wednesday before Thanksgiving we will air the final “official” repeat showing of our most famous Video ever, which happens to have frustration by yours’ truly, but humor for the rest of you — glad to accommodate…

With years that have gone by like minutes, the kids are now older – while not yet a classic, we think you will still enjoy the video —

Maybe a today and then picture for comparison?

Enjoy your weekend, talk to you after Thanksgiving !

John A. Kvale CFA, CFP

Founder of J.K. Financial, Inc.
A Dallas Texas based fee only
Financial Planning Total Wealth
Management firm.
jkfinancialinc
street-cents

Fire Hydrant Volume of Company and CEO Meetings – Southwest Ideas Conference – 70 Publicly Traded Companies

Once a year, luckily we are invited to a local event that includes over 70 – yes it has grown to 70 publicly traded company visits and presentations…

Annual Southwest Ideas Conference

Through two close friends, one who organizes the event and the other who owns the company that organizes the event, we are invited, luckily, once again to the Southwest Ideas Conference here in Dallas –Southwest Ideas Investor Conference

This year’s event includes over 70 publicly traded companies of various size, location and industry –

We love this event as it gives us a chance to not only meet C – level executives of these companies up close and personal, but to also hear their outlooks, economic forecasts, insights, and general feelings of what is going on in their various industries….

We look forward to the rapid fire, multi-meeting all day event and look forward to bringing you any interesting updates that we may stumble upon…

Have a Great “Fire Hydrant C Level Visits” Day!

John A. Kvale CFA, CFP

Founder of J.K. Financial, Inc.
A Dallas Texas based fee only
Financial Planning Total Wealth
Management firm.
jkfinancialinc
street-cents

Born in Long Island … 16 Years Banking/Wall Street … Welcome Jen Hill to J.K. Financial, Inc.

With a sixteen year, Lower Manhattan/Wall Street banking background, there has to be a story? – and yes there is … there are no  Y’all and Fixin’s from her, “The Brain” and I of course slip frequently …. 

This is the official introduction to Jen Hill our new Operations Manager….

Long Island to Manhattan – Deutsche Bank to HSBC (16 years total) – then on to Dallas- She looks forward to meeting everyone at the Holiday Party this Weekend!
Jen Head Shot

Born and Raised in Long Island – Now at J.K. Financial, Inc.?

Raised in Long Island and after spending half of her college years in Pennsylvania and the remaining back in New York … the journey began…

After a multi-year stent in real estate with a family member, and then a two year advertising job representing a famous (and fun) rum – the Financial World of New York was calling…

Working her way up from a starter position in documentation at Deutsche Bank then on to  Option settlement … finally to end up at the High Net Worth phone bank (AKA High Maintenance Desk) – after six years a move was in the cards…

Ten – yes TEN years at HSBC in product control and dealing with the great financial crisis first hand… the two hour each way – EACH WAY – commute was too much, and a move to Dallas was in the cards.

With a spouse that formerly was a professional baseball player, now a fireman for an area town, Dallas is the new home of four years now.

Jen and Jeremy Hill have two children, both of which are now in a local elementary school and a much closer 10 minute commute from the office – whew

We welcome Jennifer “Jen” Hill to our firm!

Oh.. but wait there is another bit of information….

The introduction was made via a sport you all know we have family connection ….
Jen Hill

Jen is a on a tennis team that included Pam – such the intro –

Have a Great “Welcome Jen to J.K. Financial, Inc.” Day!

John A. Kvale CFA, CFP

Founder of J.K. Financial, Inc.
A Dallas Texas based fee only
Financial Planning Total Wealth
Management firm.
jkfinancialinc
street-cents

Holiday Party RSVP Deadline Reminder – Friday

Today is Our headcount reporting day for our Holiday Part at DAC –

You know the one…

We are looking forward to seeing everyone next weekend – Don’t forget we have a super photographer there too, for possible Holiday Card Pictures !

Next week … Jen’s formal introduction and background.… but …. That is NEXT week –

Today is a Friday … Have a Great weekend – talk to you next week !

John A. Kvale CFA, CFP

Founder of J.K. Financial, Inc.
A Dallas Texas based fee only
Financial Planning Total Wealth
Management firm.
jkfinancialinc
street-cents