Pacing Ourselves Preview, A Runners Perspective …Where did January Go? …Friday

In one of the first longer runs, a 1/2 Marathon (13.2 miles) many years ago…. The Cardinal sin of a new longer distance running was made….

Starting too fast !

There is a saying in running, for every minute you go out too fast, you will lose two coming back.

Next week we will take a detailed look to see if the Capital Markets may have started this year’s race too fast!

2-1-18 SP 500 year chart

Speaking of pacing ourselves …. Wow, January went fast .. Slow it down !

Today is a Friday heading into a late Winter weekend with Tennis Travels on the horizon .. Enjoy your 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.
www.jkfinancialinc.com
www.street-cents.com

January 2018 Podcast Video, Financial Planning and Capital Market Update- By John Kvale

Hello and Welcome to our January 2018 Financial Planning and Capital Market Update!

If you are too busy to read, feel free to listen as we describe our post and thoughts in friendly podcast format.

January 2018 Video

Financial Planning Tip (s) –

Fraud Reminderthief

Two and 1/2 issues in one week… No one was harmed, but it was a great reminder, they are out there!

As we mentioned in our post just prior to this one, the Grand Enchilada of Tax Forms enters the mail and electronic systems this week. These most popular forms are due by the end of January and fraudsters are taking notice.

Keep your eyes and ears out for anything suspicious!

Vault Saves Day Twice

Here in our real life experience post, we ended up needing the Vault to help save time and a HUGE hassle at a far distant Tennis Tournament. Who would have thought they would be so strict in identification at a Tennis Tournament?

Here is a neat reminder of what might do into your very own Personal Vault:

Legal Documents □ Wills □ Deeds □ Revocable & Irrevocable Trusts □Power of Attorney □ Codicils (Supplements made to a Will) □Living Wills/Health Directives □Prenuptial Agreements □ Buy/Sell Agreements □ Contracts Social Security and/or Veteran’s Administration Info Insurance Policies (Life, LTD, Disability, Medical, Car, Property) Medical Records Bank & Investment Statements □Pensions, IRAs, passport-2642170__340Annuities etc. □Investment Accounts □Stock Options/Certificates Liabilities □List of Credit Cards with contact information □ Mortgages □Loans Taxes □Tax Returns □ W-2 Forms Identification □ Birth Certificates □ Drivers Licenses □Passports Family □ Adoption Papers □ Marriage License □Pictures □ Audio Files □ Video Clips Property □Titles to Homes, Autos, Boats, etc. □ Warranties Employment Benefits

Capital Market Comments

Interest Rates

10 Year Treasury touches 2.70% – Where to next?

After floundering in the low 2% range, it appears interest rates may be on the rise. This is just in time as the FOMC (Federal Open Market Committee) are set to raise short term rates several times this year and the one thing we DO NOT WANT is an inverted yield curve (more on this another time).

We have argued higher rates are helpful as long as they move gradually.

So far so good!

1-29-18 10 Year Treasury

Have a Great Day!

John A. Kvale CFA, CFP

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

Whole Enchilada of Tax Forms Due this week!

Welcome to the biggest tax form week of the year.

While more money moves (mostly towards the IRS) in April than any other month, this week is the Big Enchilada of Tax Forms …

Here is what tax forms to Expect this week – Employers, here’s what needs to get processedUncle Sam

This from the nice IRS Calendar portion of their site .. Yes we may be one of the few to say nice, but generally we find them fair and helpful!… IRS that is

  • Wednesday, January 31, 2018 Individuals: File your tax return if you did not pay your last installment of estimated tax by Jan 16th (see Form 1040-ES)
  • Wednesday, January 31, 2018 File Form 720 for the fourth quarter of 2017.
  • Wednesday, January 31, 2018 Furnish Forms 1098, 1099 and W-2G to recipients for certain payments during 2017. Furnish Form W-2 to employees who worked for you during 2017.
  • Wednesday, January 31, 2018 File 2017 Forms W-2, W-2AS, W-2CM, W-2GU, W-2VI, W-3 and W-3SS with the SSA whether you file using paper forms or electronically.
  • Wednesday, January 31, 2018 File Form 1099-MISC with IRS if you are reporting nonemployee compensation.
  • Wednesday, January 31, 2018 File Form W-3 with Copy A of all Forms W-2 issued for 2017.
  • Wednesday, January 31, 2018 File Form 730 and pay the tax on wagers accepted during Dec 2017.
  • Wednesday, January 31, 2018 File Form 2290 and pay the tax for vehicles first used in Dec 2017.
  • Wednesday, January 31, 2018 Deposit payroll tax for payments on Jan 24-26 if the semiweekly deposit rule applies.
  • Wednesday, January 31, 2018 Deposit any FUTA tax owed through Dec 2017.
  • Wednesday, January 31, 2018 File Forms 940, 941, 943, 944 and/or 945 if you did not deposit all taxes when due.

We have highlighted for your (and our) convenience, the most common forms !

Have a Great “Massive Tax Form” Day!

John A. Kvale CFA, CFP

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

 

 

What if there were a Void of Publicly Traded Companies ?

Every once in a while an Aha moment hit’s us all.

Recently while watching an energetic financial show, the host mentioned a void in publicly traded companies.  Aha !

We set out to take a look and upon initial review, found some interesting statistics.

Lack of Public Companies?

Supply and Demand are one of the basic equations for any price. Too much of either and prices will adjust.

What if we had a shortage of Public Traded Companies?

World Federation Exchanges Total US Public Companies

These are our initial findings from the World Federation of Exchanges – More to come!

Possibly interesting implications!

Have a Great Friday and Super Weekend!

John A. Kvale CFA, CFP

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

Taking a Peek at Interest Rates – 10 Year Treasury – Short and Long Term Look

Low rates are great. However we have argued multiple times, low rates too long can cause more damage than good.

Higher rates … increasing moderately, NOT super fast is the perfect scenario.

10 Year Rate Peek

Over the short term, the much watched 10 Year Treasury Rate looks like it is on a tear… maybe even moving too fast …

1-22-18 10 year - 1 year graph

While we peek at the short term, turning points are more important over the LONG term ..

Here is a longer term chart …

1-23-18 10 Year Long term

The white line on this chart is what is called a trend line. Many call this stuff VooDoo … Let’s liken this to momentum in a sporting event… hard to define, but certainly existent.

Keep an eye on the far right corner of this chart … if it continues, then we may be headed for a sustainable period of longer term rates … Good if it occurs slowly.

Have a Great “Higher Rates” Day!

John A. Kvale CFA, CFP

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

Disruptive or Innovative – Tesla Part 1

From our friends at Visual Capitalist …

This three part series is just too good to pass up … we will present the other two parts soon …

Even if you do not care for Elon Musk and his ideas, it’s hard not to admit he has effectuated changes that will be with us for some time!

Tesla Part 1

Tesla Part 1 -origin-story-tesla-infographic

Have a Good “Innovative” Day!

John A. Kvale CFA, CFP

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

They are back … The Fraudsters that is !

This time garners the most important financial forms of the year flowing through the system … of course we are speaking of Tax Forms! (W-2, 1099, etc …..)

Tax Time = Fraudster Timethief

This week we fielded two and 1/2 possible fraud attempts. We are giving 1/2 to a email that we are not certain was fraud … No Matter.

Keep your guards up!

Last year we had double digit numbers of fraud during this season… the thing is, we did not see fraud until much later in the season. They may be starting earlier this year.

For the record, there has been no money lost on any of our known fraud attempts… we hope this never changes…. Stay Vigilant !

Happy Friday .. Enjoy Your 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.
www.jkfinancialinc.com
www.street-cents.com