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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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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

The Power of Positive Financial Habits

Posted by Brad Bridgewater on Dec 9, 2016 2:02:54 PM


Most people, to one degree or another, are influenced in their financial routines and habits by factors such as where they were born, the way they were raised, or the attitudes of their parents and friends about money.

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Topics: Financial Planning

6 Items to Include in Your Estate Plan

Posted by Brad Bridgewater on Nov 23, 2016 11:29:31 AM


Perhaps no other aspect of retirement planning is as overwhelming as creating an estate plan. It’s hard to anticipate every eventuality, and it’s even harder to make decisions regarding your family’s future that don’t include you.

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Topics: Estate Planning

Managing Financially Dependent Adult Children

Posted by Brad Bridgewater on Nov 11, 2016 11:24:18 AM


In late 1997, a regional investment management firm held a well-attended forum for its ultra-high-net-worth clients on “The Responsibility of Wealth.” The highlight of the forum, and the focus of several expert speakers that day, was the importance of careful planning for the transfer of wealth to a family’s younger generations.

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Topics: Financial Planning

How to Identify a Bad Investment Opportunity

Posted by Brad Bridgewater on Oct 28, 2016 6:35:37 PM


Professional advisors often encounter clients or prospective clients who question the performance of their portfolios compared to the claims of less-than-honest individuals or firms. We all know that most “too good to be true” propositions actually are just that, but the following signs will help you safeguard your assets and steer clear of the so-called “opportunities” that can wreak havoc on your portfolio.

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Topics: Financial Planning

Are You Gambling with Your Investments?

Posted by Brad Bridgewater on Sep 30, 2016 2:04:17 PM


Recency bias is one of a long list of behaviors that lead people to make decisions they might not otherwise make after more thought and reflection. Other examples of these biases are groupthink, impact bias and the gambler’s fallacy. Recency bias is the tendency, based on human nature, to rely heavily on the latest data or events to make decisions.

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Topics: Financial Planning

The Pros and Cons of Lump Sum Distributions and Annuities

Posted by Brad Bridgewater on Sep 16, 2016 1:53:56 PM


As you approach the end of your career, you must make several key retirement and investment planning decisions. One of the most important is whether to take a lump sum distribution offered by your airline or to purchase annuities for a predictable income stream.

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Topics: Financial Planning

7 Signs That Your Advisor is Doing the Right Thing

Posted by Brad Bridgewater on Aug 26, 2016 1:45:19 PM


Regardless of the path your professional journey has taken in the airline industry, working with a skilled financial advisor who understands your unique goals and challenges is the key to a secure retirement.

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Topics: Financial Planning

Life After Flying

Posted by Brad Bridgewater on Aug 12, 2016 2:22:28 PM


Over the course of your career, you’ve worked to save and prepare for a life of relaxation and enjoyment in your golden years. For many, though, retirement requires huge mental and emotional adjustments.

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Topics: Financial Planning

Preparing Your Financial Plan for “Non-Normal” Operations

Posted by Brad Bridgewater on Jul 29, 2016 2:37:11 PM


We all know that no matter how carefully you plan your flight, changes happen and sometimes you have to adjust. This idea applies to more than just flight schedules and flying the magenta line. Your financial plan also requires room for contingencies.

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Topics: Financial Planning