Quarter 2 | June 29, 2021
News & Views-2nd Quarter Newsletter
From Paused Plans to New Adventures
By Lance Gunkel, CFP®, CFA, Managing Director
Let the games begin, hopefully! After being postponed last year, the Summer Olympics return to Tokyo in July. I’ve long enjoyed watching the Olympics, as they provide a great opportunity to show pride in the USA and cheer on our athletes. 

3 Steps to Healthy Succession Planning and the
Effects of Family Dysfunction
By Rena Striegel, President, Transition Point Business Advisors
Succession planning is often delayed or derailed due to dysfunction in the family. When a group struggles to work effectively together, there are three options: 1) Figure out how to work through it. 2) Ignore it. 3) Decide that you will not work together. This option may mean separating assets so that family members can continue to farm – just not together.
How Can the Workday of an AFP Be Similar to
Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood?
By Jerin Young, CFP®, Associate Financial Planner
The not-so-typical workday…that’s one thing that led me to a choice in financial planning. Granted, as an Associate Financial Planner, I am working within the normal working hours, but each day has its own unique happenings with a similar (mostly) predictable schedule.
Inside Look
David Strege – Gold Medal Champion
After months of preparation and practice, David Strege traveled to Louisville, Kentucky over the Memorial Day weekend to compete in the USA Volleyball Open National Championships. David played on a 60’s men’s division team called Federal Resources. And they won the Gold Medal!
To add to the excitement, David was selected to the All-Tournament Team in the Men’s 60s Division. Even with an expanded break due to the pandemic, the athletic prowess of David and his teammates enabled them to claim the ultimate 1st place victory. 
We asked David a few questions about his experience.
What is your motivating factor(s) to continue to compete in volleyball in your 60s?
It provides an opportunity for physical activity and the competition encourages me to stay in shape and work with my teammates to do the best we can. It is very fun to play against kids your own age! I realize that getting slower and not jumping as high is all relative.
I’m on a quest to medal in national and international tournaments for every year I’ve played volleyball. This is my 43rd year playing and so far, have medaled in 39 national and international tournaments with 23 of those being gold. There are two more national tournament sessions this year and then World Master Games in Japan in May 2022 to defend our world title that we won in New Zealand.
What was the highlight of this year’s USA Volleyball Open National Championships?
After not seeing most of these people for two years, a highlight was visiting with people in the gym and catching up on how they are doing.
What is the most rewarding aspect of playing competitive volleyball?
Three of our key players couldn’t attend this year. We struggled the first couple of days getting used to some new teammates. We still won all of our matches, but that required many times going three games in a best two-out-of-three match format.
Everyone stayed positive and the last day of our three-day session, it all came together for us in playoffs. We played really well and won the gold medal after beating the Northern California team that we normally meet in the finals at national tournaments. I was honored to be selected to the all-tournament team by my peers.
Charity Discovery
For each News & Views newsletter, we include Charity Discovery to highlight a local nonprofit. The purpose of Charity Discovery is to learn about local charities and highlight their awesome work.
This month’s featured charity is Dress for Success Des Moines. The mission of Dress for Success is to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire, and development tools to help women thrive in work in life.
Watch this short video to learn about Angela’s story of how Dress for Success helped her after a house fire. In her own words, “I came for an outfit and what I got was a life-changing experience.” 
If you’d like to donate, click here.
To view previous nonprofits highlighted in Charity Discovery, click here.
Out and About
ABI Convention
Financial Planner Wayne Johnson and Associate Financial Planner Mike Murkins attended the ABI (Association of Business and Industry) convention in Cedar Rapids on June 8-10.
The Iowa Association of Business and Industry's “Taking Care of Business Conference” is Iowa's premier business conference, bringing together industry leaders to learn, network, and share ideas on how to grow and strengthen Iowa's business climate. 
Kingdom Advisors
Chief Investment Officer Jason Gunkel and Syverson Strege hosted the first in-person Kingdom Advisor Study Group at our office since before the pandemic. Kingdom Advisors provides advocacy, training, and community for financial professionals who are specialists in offering biblically wise advice.
Johnston Rotary BBQ Cook-off
Financial Planner Wayne Johnson represented Syverson Strege at the Johnston Green Days celebration helping out with the Johnston Rotary BBQ Cook-off. 
New at the Office
Debbie Richards and Jerin Young are enjoying the new Nespresso machine we have in our office! We’ll serve clients and guests a fresh, high-quality, delicious cup of espresso at the touch of a button!
FIT Videos
Earlier this year, Syverson Strege introduced the new FIT Video Series…Financial Instruction and Teaching designed to help provide peace of mind and clarity on a variety of financial planning and investment topics. Here are two new videos we released this past month.
Long-term Care Insurance
69%! That’s the % of people who will need long-term care. If that’s you, what will that mean for your family? It means an expense of about $90,000/year if you don’t have some type of long-term care insurance. 
Charitable Remainder Trust
Would you like to reduce your taxes, increase your retirement income, and benefit your favorite charity all at the same time? Find out how a Charitable Remainder Trust can help accomplish all three goals.
Employee News

Summer Interns
Welcome Jack Curtis, Syverson Strege’s summer part-time intern! Jack majors in Finance and Jazz at Drake University and will be working on special projects for our Financial Planning and Investment Committees. Jack’s outside interests include playing blues and jazz guitar with his band, The Travelers, and on the worship team at Lutheran Church of Hope in West Des Moines. 
Lauryn Woerdeman is Syverson Strege’s part-time summer intern in marketing and communications. Lauryn will be working remotely and assisting with website projects, social media, and other marketing projects. Lauryn is a Business Management major at Iowa State University. In her spare time, she enjoys playing the piano, reading, running, the outdoors, and time with friends and family. Welcome, Lauryn! 
Syverson Strege employees will be off for observance of Independence Day on Monday, July 5. They will resume work on Tuesday, July 6. Happy 4th of July!
What is unequal inheritance? Find out by listening to Lance Gunkel on today’s Finance Moment. Also learn strategies for positive inheritance discussions so your family members don’t have to battle it out.
Cofounder David Strege talks about the shapes and sizes of your financial puzzle pieces and why it’s important to understand what you want the picture of your life to look like. 
We care about you and your future, including your children and grandchildren!

As a result, we’re offering two free courses on August 5 and 12 for your children and/or grandchildren ages 20-40. They will learn about the purpose of money, spending, investing, savings, income taxes, insurance, estate planning, and charitable giving.
Because of this course’s popularity, our registration is full. However, we encourage your children or grandchildren to register to be on a “wait list” as we anticipate some cancellations. For more info and to register, click here.
Market Update
Read Jason Gunkel’s June market update to find out three possible reasons why the U.S. is unlikely to revisit a long period of high inflation and how this decade compares to the inflation of the 1970s.
Quarterly Market Update Video
Watch Jason as he explains how quickly rising interest rates affect bonds, what trends have continued into 2021, what economists are predicting about GDP growth in 2021, and why the 10-year treasury bond yield has risen so quickly. 
Be watching for Syverson Strege’s 2nd quarter Market Update video coming out in a few days. To watch all other quarterly market update videos, click here
Happy Summer to you and your family!
Syverson Strege
4125 Westown Parkway, Suite 104
West Des Moines, IA 50266