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Brad Bridgewater

Brad Bridgewater is the Vice President of Business Development for RAA. He leads the Financial Consultant and pilot representative teams across the country for all the airlines RAA serves. Brad joined the company in 2005 and spent seven years as a Financial Consultant, working with pilots from American and Alaska Airlines. Prior to joining RAA, Brad was an athlete, representing the United States National Swimming Team around the world, including winning a gold medal in the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta in the 200 meter backstroke. Brad holds a BA from the University of Southern California.
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Recent Posts

Investing: Expectations vs. Reality

Posted by Brad Bridgewater on Jun 26, 2017 4:56:54 PM


A quick Google search of the phrase “Dow Jones Industrial Average history” yields endless versions of one of the most iconic, and misleading, graphs in modern finance.

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Topics: Financial Planning

Factors That Affect Your Risk Tolerance

Posted by Brad Bridgewater on May 12, 2017 4:39:57 PM


Investing at any stage of life involves some inherent risk. At RAA, we strive to help our clients understand their tolerance for risk and ways to address it effectively in a sustainable, long-term investment and retirement strategy.

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Topics: Financial Planning

5 Common Misconceptions About Estate Planning

Posted by Brad Bridgewater on Apr 21, 2017 2:52:12 PM


Most of us know someone who has been affected by the death of a loved one who didn’t leave a plan for his or her wishes. These situations are very difficult, and can inflict real emotional and financial damage on families.

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Topics: Estate Planning

Divorce and Your New Financial Outlook

Posted by Brad Bridgewater on Mar 31, 2017 1:35:37 PM


Divorce can be one of life’s most painful and difficult events. Not only is the process emotionally challenging and deeply personal, but it can also wreak havoc on your finances.

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Topics: Financial Planning

The Opportunity Cost of Doing Nothing with Your Financial Plan

Posted by Brad Bridgewater on Mar 17, 2017 2:38:43 PM


Opportunity cost is defined as “the loss of potential gain from other alternatives when one alternative is chosen.”

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Topics: Financial Planning

Paying Off Debt Versus Investing

Posted by Brad Bridgewater on Feb 17, 2017 1:59:47 PM


A common question faced by many of our clients at this time of year is whether it is better to take lump sums such as tax refunds and bonuses to pay off debt or invest for the future. The answer depends on your individual circumstances, but following are some considerations that can help you make a decision that’s right for you.

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Topics: Financial Planning

Tips for Reducing Your Tax Bill

Posted by Brad Bridgewater on Feb 3, 2017 2:38:49 PM


With spring comes the anticipation of warmer weather and flowers in bloom. Unfortunately, spring also finds a lot of us scrambling to answer two important questions: How do I reduce my current tax bill, and what can I do to reduce next year’s tax bill?

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Topics: Financial Planning

Three Small Changes to Make You a Better Investor

Posted by Brad Bridgewater on Jan 20, 2017 3:45:46 PM


There was a time when making wise investment decisions was a much less complicated process. You stashed away some money in your 401(k) and maybe invested in CDs or savings bonds that offered modest but consistent returns.

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Topics: Financial Planning

Year-Round Financial Planning

Posted by Brad Bridgewater on Dec 30, 2016 12:29:39 PM


Last week, seeing as how I’d forgotten to replenish our supply at the grocery store, my wife stopped for coffee in the drive-through of our local Starbucks. When she reached the window to pay for her drink, she was told that the person in front of her had paid for her coffee and wished her a Happy Holiday.

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Topics: Financial Planning

The Right Way to Set a Budget

Posted by Brad Bridgewater on Dec 21, 2016 2:06:52 PM


The holiday season and the approach of a new year often bring about resolutions to make improvements in our daily lives - healthy eating, spending more time with family, or exercising on a regular basis. One of the most common goals is an improved financial situation.

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Topics: Financial Planning