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Ben Hunt and Narratives … Shortened Article from just completed Newsletter

This is the time of the calendar that makes for A LOT of content in writing form…. thank goodness no writers block (For the record it has occurred)

The complete article is on the way to the printer, but came out so good … thought we would preview it here in shortened form!

Ben Hunt on Narratives

Ben theorizes that words are used to shape our behavior and as such he and Rusty, his business partner have a goal to identify when such events are occurring.

This is NOT a Fact Check, and not meaning that you as the reader will disagree or agree with them, only alerting to the fact that there may be some persuasion occurring in the narrative

The Missionary Statement or Strong Direct Narrative

Ben and his partner theorized that Missionary statements once saved for Oval Office wartime speeches or the like are now used in part due to the way we consume our information by almost everyone, leading to an overload possibly of missionary or breaking news like headlines and narratives.

The possible effect of strong missionary statements or narratives, again Ben theorizes is that when there is the need for a very strong subject matter or narrative, if we are not careful we have become desensitized to things because of the possible dramatization of other headlines and narratives that it’s not taken serious.

Comments from the Grant Williams Podcast

In the Podcast Grant mentions something Ben brought to his attention that he uses to decipher his in take of information. 

“Why am I reading this, and why am I reading it now?”

The gist of this is to be curious, or maybe slightly skeptical, but not pessimistic or negative, just having front of consciousness thought that maybe there is a slant or a narrative here that’s trying to persuade.

With Headlines being dramatic and very Negative during slowdowns, most notably very near the end of the slowdown…. a timely review!

Have a Great “Watch the Narrative Headlines” Day! Watch for the Newsletter Video for an Audio/Video/Podcast review of the article if you find it interesting!

John A. Kvale CFA, CFP

Founder of J.K. Financial, Inc.

A Dallas Texas based fee only

Financial Planning Total Wealth

Management firm.



January 2016 Video Monthly Review By John Kvale

January 2016 Video


Important tax dates:IMG_0043-0

  • February 15, 2016 – Most tax forms latest arrival date
  • March 15, 2016 – Corporate filing deadline
  • April 18, 2016 – Personal filing due date


The big news this month as seen by many headlines:

“Stock Market Puts in Its Worst Opening Week Ever”


Wall Street Journal

Dow, S&P off to worst four-day Jan start ever as China fears grow!


But does it really mean anything?



How about the Presidential Race … Could anyone have guessed this?

1-28-16 Real Clear Politics Republican Poll

Ok … This is maybe not as surprising !

1-28-16 Real Clear Politics Democratic Poll

Black Gold…. After Putin gets a bit more strong hold in Oil regions for his protection…. Interesting!

1-29-16 Crude Front Month

Have a Great Day !

John A. Kvale CFA, CFP

8222 Douglas Ave # 590
Dallas, TX 75225













Headlines from the Weekend ….. Fear Fanning (FF) or Descriptive (D) ? … Watch our intake!

After the recent market girations I was very interested to see what the headlines over the weekend would be. Coining the term Fear Fanning (FF) or Descriptive (D) here are a few with my estimate:

Weekend Headlines

From my local Dallas Morning News : Slight FF

“Dow Plunges as Fear Multiply”

New York Times : Vague FF

“Economic Shifts in U.S. and China Batter Markets”

Wall Street Journal : Light FF

“U.S. Markets Tumble as Fear Spreads

South China Morning Post (Google News) : Heavy FF

“Fear grips markets as investors worry about China’s growth and US profits”

Financial Times : Winner Descriptive (D)

“Argentina effect hits emerging currencies”

Be Careful with Our Intake!


Headlines control us more than we think and often cause the wrong reaction at the incorrect time. Let’s all keep an eye on our intake, after all we have only had about a 3% correction!

Have a Good Monday!

John Kvale CFA, CFP

8222 Douglas Ave # 590
Dallas, TX 75225