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

Job Title:

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

Assets Under Management:

$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 do I make the transition from a medical school student to an investment banker?
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That’s a tricky one. Typically an investment banker at a big firm starts fresh out of undergrad as an analyst, works for two years, goes to business school and comes back as an associate. There aren’t many shortcuts and the hiring process is tough. Goldman & JP Morgan, for example, hire about 2% of the applicants.

The best thing you could do is talk to investment bankers. Network with people from your undergrad. Apply for a lot of internships. Also consider smaller banks, boutiques, or broker dealers that may get you a foot in the door.

Alternatively, if you’re into the circuitous route, you can work for a few years after undergrad in a field like consulting, get an MBA from a top business school, and then potentially bypass the analyst level. Also, a friend of mine was able to transition from big firm securities lawyer to investment banker but that is an expensive and risky path if you have no long term plans of practicing law.

Good luck. 

June 2016
    Career / Compensation, 401(k)
If the employee contributes 6% of compensation plus another 6% for catch up - how will the match be calculated?
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June 2016
Can I segregate my equity to ensure the funds get passed down to my son?
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July 2016
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How do you determine taxable income while receiving social security?
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July 2016
    College Tuition, Debt, 401(k)
If I have a wage garnishment for student loans and cash in my 401k, will all or part of that money be seized?
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July 2016