Quarter 4 | December 30, 2021
News & Views 4th Quarter Newsletter
How Perley, MN Provides a Lesson on Firm Foundations
By Lance Gunkel, CFP®, CFA, Managing Director
The family farm on my mom’s side of the family sits in Perley, Minnesota, which is located on the western edge of the state, a short 24 miles from Fargo. My great grandparents immigrated from Norway in search of...
How to Successfully Set Goals and Measure Your Steps
By David G. Strege, CFP®, CFA, CKA®
The Harvard Business Study about writing down goals is often misquoted. The study found that 3% of graduates from their MBA had their goals written down.
Students with written goals ended up earning… 
How the 2022 Social Security Increase May Benefit 69 Million Americans
By Matt Roberts, MFM, CFP®, CAP®, Chief Planning Officer, Financial Planner
The most significant Social Security payment increase in 40 years will happen in 2022. Social Security payments will increase by…

Inside Look
Junior Achievement of Central Iowa
It was great to tour the new Junior Achievement of Central Iowa’s Finance Park, combining the tour with our all-staff December meeting. 

The Finance Park is for 7th-12th graders who become “an adult for the day” by experiencing personal finance through life scenarios, budgeting, and spending. Junior Achievement (JA) is dedicated to giving young people nationwide the knowledge and skills for economic success.
Some of the Syverson Strege staff have previously volunteered at JA’s Biz Town. We have also sponsored events with JA – The Bowl-a-Thon and Mini-Golf. In 2022, we will be sponsoring the Stock Market Challenge, which will include mentoring to high schoolers as well as a corporate competition. 
Watch this video to learn more about the Finance Park and how you can volunteer.

And the Winner Is…the Tulip Hole!
Syverson Strege held a food drive for the DMARC Food Pantry Network and collected 559 items! Innovation and teamwork led to three putt-putt golf holes at our office and a lively competition between three Syverson Strege employee teams. 

In last month’s News & Views, we asked you to vote for the best hole. You voted for “The Tulip Hole!” Congratulations to the admin team, marketing team, and Managing Director Lance Gunkel for designing the best hole!
Deb Longseth, Megan Geary, Meri Grogan, Tim Schau, 
Debbie Richards, and Lance Gunkel (Julie Summa not pictured)
Community Involvement/Philanthropy
Single Parent Provision
Nearly 2,000 single moms and kids enjoyed a memorable and uplifting evening at the Single Parent Provision 10th anniversary Single Moms Christmas Dinner in downtown Des Moines. Syverson Strege is thrilled to have been an event sponsor for this evening to honor single moms with dinner, a program, laughter, and love!

Meals from the Heartland
On December 21, the Syverson Strege team helped to assemble meals for Meals from the Heartland.

The mission of Meals from the Heartland is “empowering people to save starving children.” Meals from the Heartland’s packaged meals help feed the hungry throughout the world. Meals are delivered directly to locations in Iowa, the U.S., and around the world — wherever people are undernourished or starving.
Orchard Place Holiday Gift Drive
Syverson Strege adopted 10 children, ages 10-17, for the Orchard Place Holiday Gift Drive. Orchard Place provided each child’s wish list, which consisted of three items to purchase. We then wrapped the gifts and delivered them to Orchard Place. 

Orchard Place serves many of the state's most emotionally troubled and helpless children, striving to help them develop strong, promising futures.
They contribute to the community's well-being by serving the mental health, substance use, and educational and juvenile justice needs of children, adolescents, and young adults.

Through generous gifts from individuals and Des Moines businesses, the Holiday Drive goal is to provide gifts to more than 1000 children served by Orchard Place.
Client Care
Text Reminders
We’re joining your doctor, pharmacist, dentist, hairstylist, and many other service providers to put a focus on client care and provide better service! 
Beginning January 1, 2022, we will be sending text reminders to clients for their Annual Planning Session (APS) or Investment Review (IR) meetings. 
As a client, you don’t need to do anything to activate this service. You will automatically receive a reminder text message a week before your next APS or IR meeting. To confirm your appointment, you will simply reply with “YES” in the text message or “NO” to cancel. If you have any questions, please contact your associate financial planner at 515-225-6000.  
Employee News
Jerin Young, CFP®, CKA®
Congratulations to Jerin Young, CFP®, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ practitioner for completing the requirements and receiving her Certified Kingdom Advisor® designation or CKA®! 

Attaining the Certified Kingdom Advisor® designation will allow Jerin to confidently integrate technical knowledge and biblically wise counsel in her financial advising role. The designation sets her apart as a financial professional who has pursued faith/work integration to the highest credentialed level in the financial advising world.

The Certified Kingdom Advisor® provides a principled class of Christian financial advisors who have been trained in biblically wise financial advice to men and women seeking biblically wise financial counsel. 

Jerin joins David Strege as the second CKA® at Syverson Strege.
In case you missed these articles on social media…

How does corporate cybersecurity affect you? Find out about the challenges companies face, including a rising cost of $75 billion annually to battle cyberattacks. Read the second in a two-part series on cybersecurity written by our fall intern, Lauryn Woerdeman, from Iowa State University. 

If there’s an app for almost everything, why not an app to do good in the world? Learn how Syverson Strege partners with the Grateful app, a platform for charitable giving.

Spend. Save. Share. Which one of these ways to use your money gives you the most fulfillment? David Strege shares his thoughts in this Finance Moment mini-podcast. 
New Videos
We’ll be releasing some interesting videos in 2022… 

  • a “drone” tour of the office
  • interviews with three employees on philosophies on money
  • a captivating interview with Managing Director Lance Gunkel (hint: it has to do with his hobby of ultramarathon running) 
  • and more…
Check out the videographer's equipment!
New Year's Day
Please note that Syverson Strege employees will be off on Friday, December 31, and Monday, January 3 in observance of New Year’s Day. Employees will resume work on Tuesday, January 4. May you have a blessed and prosperous New Year!
Quarterly Market Update

Be watching for the release of our 4th Quarter Market Update video in January. Managing Director Lance Gunkel and Chief Investment Officer Jason Gunkel will provide insight and commentary on Q4 and the entire year of 2021.
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