Dave Ramsey's Seven Baby Steps

Submitted by Southwest Investment Advisors on March 15th, 2018

 

Dave Ramsey’s Seven Baby Steps

Step #1 Emergency Fund

Save $1,000 in an emergency fund ($500 if your annual income is under $20,000). Bad things happen to good people, so be ready.

 

Step #2 Debt Snowball

Debt is your enemy. Pay off all debt except your home’s first mortgage.

 

List your debts in order, from smallest balance to largest. Do not be concerned with interest rates unless two debts have a similar payoff balance, and then list the highest rate first.

 

Pay the minimum payments on all of your debts. For the smallest one, pay every extra dollar you can afford until it’s gone, then attack the next one down. Every time you pay off a debt, you add its old minimum payment to your next debt payments.

 

As you eliminate debts, you will build momentum with each success, paving your way to freedom from debt!

 

Step #3 Be Prepared

Build your savings account to three to six months of living expenses: three months if both of you are on salary and have job security, six if one or both are on commission or jobs are less secure.

 

Step #4 Invest

Invest at least 15% of your pre-tax household income for retirement. This number does not include company contributions.

 

Invest up to the maximum matching limit in your company retirement plan.

 

Invest up to the maximum in a Roth IRA, or Traditional IRA if your income is too high to invest in a Roth.

 

Any extra should be invested in a company plan or a taxable account.

 

Step #5 Save for College

Open an Educational Savings Account (ESA) or 529 Plan (optional; assuming retirement savings are maximized).

 

Step #6 Pay off Your Home Early

Live the golden years as golden, not beholden. Pay off your home no later than your retirement.

 

Step #7 Build Wealth & Give!

It is a joy to share in the blessings that you have been given, so spread the joy!

 

Be encouraged – this takes time.  Proverbs 28:20 “A faithful man will abound in blessings but he who hastens to be rich will not go unpunished.”

 

The opinions voiced in this material are for general information only and are not intended to provide specific advice or recommendations for any individual

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SARAH SBRAGIA​

Sarah has been working at Southwest Investment Advisors since October of 2017.

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Sarah’s responsibilities include assisting clients with online access, processing account documents, scheduling meetings and assisting in all aspects of client services.

When she is not working here you may find Sarah on the shooting range serving as an assistant instructor and safety coach.

She has two children, son Zach is a graduate of the University of Arizona and daughter Paige who will graduate in 2019.

KATAYA PLETT​

Kataya has been with Southwest Investment Advisors since January of 2017.

She assists Alix with portfolio construction, rebalancing, and trading.

Kataya also plans our company’s client appreciation events and assists with the company website.

In her free time Kataya enjoys spending time with her family and her dog, traveling to new places, and getting involved with local events.

LACEY ROGERS​

Lacey has been with Southwest Investment Advisors since 2007 and has been the Operations Manager since 2012.

Her primary duties are assisting clients, assisting Advisors, processing paperwork, and working with our back office at LPL Financial.

When she’s not working she enjoys riding horses and spending time with her husband, Dustin, her two small children, and her dogs, Tebow and Ellie.

Lacey and her family really enjoy traveling, spending time outdoors, and watching her dad, Robert Wright, play the banjo.

ROBERT SCHANNEP​

Robert has been an Advisor since 2012 following in the footsteps of both his father and grandfather. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature and graduated Summa cum Laude from BIOLA. After working several years in Social Services Robert has a distinct perspective when helping people create and manage their financial goals.

When Robert is not working, life is all about family. Along with his lovely wife, Robin, four beautiful children and their dog, he enjoys traveling in the family bus, which is always an adventure. He enjoys meditating, praying, journaling and plays the guitar daily to maintain his sanity!

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ROB WRIGHT​

Rob is an original co-founder, has been in the industry since 1994. He has degrees in English and Liberal Studies as well as a Teaching Certificate from California State San Bernardino.

Before becoming a Financial Advisor, Rob was a member of the New Christy Minstrels and he continues to perform with his banjos and other stringed instruments in concert as a member of the Wildcat Jazz Band throughout North America and as a guest artist with local symphonies and at various music festivals. Rob and his wife, Linda have one daughter and two grandchildren.

Rob has since retired and no longer has duties at Southwest Investment Advisors, Inc.

BART SCHANNEP

Original co-founder, Bart has worked as an Investment Advisor since 1983.  He was with Dean Witter/Morgan Stanley for fifteen years, serving as Branch Manager during the final four years, before moving to Piper Jaffray as Branch Manager for an additional three-and-a-half years before co-founding Southwest Investment Advisors.

In 2008, Bart become one of the first 200 professionals obtaining the industry’s newest designation, the Certified Wealth Strategist® designation, and administered by Cannon Financial Institute.

In May, 2010 Bart was selected for the distinction of Outstanding Advisor of the Year by Registered Rep Magazine, one of 10 financial advisors selected by the editors for 2010. From hundreds of nominees, the winning advisors have demonstrated both business success and leadership in serving as guides to other financial advisors and as active participants in community activities.

He is active in his church and served as President of the Board for Gospel Rescue Mission of Tucson from 2007 – 2010 and 2015 – 2018.  Bart also has served on the Board of Adjustments for the town of Oro Valley from 2002 – 2008.  Bart and his wife Marcella have three grown children and several grandchildren. Together they enjoy wine tasting, scuba diving, and travel.

Bart has since retired and has no responsibilities at Southwest Investment Advisors, Inc.

RICK ZICH

Rick is in charge of the managerial duties at Southwest Investment Advisors.  As a Financial Advisor, he meets with new and existing clients and helps with problem solving.

He has a Bachelors of Science in Business and Marketing from Purdue University and an MBA from the University of Phoenix. His past 20 years of business experience includes roles of Controller, CFO, and President of consumer goods companies with double digit growth for over a decade.  He and his wife own a local jewelry boutique, Trinity Diamonds.

Outside of the office, Rick enjoys keeping up with the latest in tech news, scuba diving, hiking, playing the electric bass guitar (well, trying to), and keeping the dogs happy with long walks.

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ALIX KUSLER

Alix’s primary roles in the team are portfolio management and client contact. She focuses on building and maintaining client relationships and reviewing and constructing portfolios that reflect clients’ individual goals.

Alix holds a BS in Business Administration from Pepperdine University, where she studied both in Malibu, California and Florence, Italy. She started with Southwest Investments in 2009 on the operational side of the business and has built her way to the sales side.

In 2014 Alix obtained one of the industry’s newest designations, the Certified Wealth Strategist® designation, administered by Cannon Financial Institute.

When she’s not in the office, Alix enjoys traveling and exercising with her husband Phil, singing at the Vineyard Christian Community, and meeting up for tea or a cold brew. She has a wonderful family and close group of friends and is excited to be a part of the team here at Southwest Investment Advisors.

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