Jonathan Swanburg

Personal Finance, Retirement, Investing
“Jonathan Swanburg is a Certified Financial Planner providing relevant financial content and commentary for young professionals, entrepreneurs, and stewards of family assets interested in efficiently building and managing wealth.”

Guided Wealth Management

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Investment Advisor Representative


Since 2009, Jonathan Swanburg has been an Investment Advisor Representative at Tri-Star Advisors. Today he runs the firm's Guided Wealth Management service, offering financial planning and investment advice to working age professionals.  He has an extensive fixed income background having started his career analyzing mortgage backed securities, municipal bonds, and structured notes. Jonathan's financial commentary has been featured in publications including Time Magazine, The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Financial Planning Magazine.

Jonathan attended college at Pepperdine University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics. During that time he was a macroeconomic teaching assistant, the President of Phi Alpha Delta, and a caddy at Riviera Country Club. From there, he went on to receive his Juris Doctorate and Master of Business Administration from Baylor University where he concentrated in Business Transactions and was recognized as the outstanding MBA graduate, top presenter at the Big XII case competition, and two-time winner of the Baylor MBA ethics case competition. Jonathan earned the Certified Financial Planner© designation in 2013 and is an active member of the State Bar of Texas.

Outside of work, Jonathan volunteers with the Houston Young Lawyers Association and enjoys playing golf, tennis, fishing, writing and spending time with his wife and two sons.


BA, Economics, Pepperdine University
JD / MBA, Baylor University

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$135 million

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Jonathan Swanburg is a Registered Representative offering securities through Calton & Associates, Inc. Member FINRA/SIPC and an Investment Advisor Representative offering advisory services through Tri-Star Advisors, an SEC registered investment adviser. Calton & Associates, Inc and Tri-Star Advisors are separate entities.

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How should I invest towards my child's future college tuition?
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If you want to save for your kid’s college and you have a large sum of money, you may want to consider superfunding a 529 account. 

First, a 529 is a state or school sponsored account that allows your money to grow tax deferred.  If the funds are used for education, you avoid paying tax on the gains.  Some states have low cost stock and bond funds with aged based investment options, some have CDs, some have prepaid tuition plans. Some states provide state tax breaks if you are a resident and contribute to the local 529. Pick the plan that is right for you and your children.

Second, if you have a large sum of money, superfunding a 529 dramatically increases the amount you can invest for your children without incurring federal gift taxes. Instead of the $14,000 per year annual gift tax exclusion limit, each parent can pre-fund up to $70,000 (5 x $14,000). If you have a spouse, together you can open a 529 plan with $140,000.

Finally, 529s aren’t right for everyone and there are potential penalties if the money isn’t used for education. Here is the IRS discussion. As an example of an alternative, some of my clients have chosen to forego 529s in favor of tax free, zero coupon muni bonds that will mature when the kids are set to go to school.  To each his own.

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What will happen to my simple IRA?
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Why are bonds performing so poorly over the last two weeks?
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