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Hear from our team of highly skilled industry veterans about current market news and trends.

  • Rethinking – and Redoing – Decisions to take Early Withdrawals of Social Security

    There’s nothing like an economic recession brought on by a global pandemic to throw a wrench into your financial planning – or pretty much any planning, for that matter. Also, unfortunately, this unprecedented combination of realities creates a perfect environment for snap decisions and knee-jerk reactions fueled by the adrenalin of sheer panic. A recent article in Learn More

  • SECURE, CARES, and IRAs

    Various factors have brought about a flurry of changes in IRA rules. It is important that individuals understand these modifications, what they mean now and what they could mean to their retirement planning. The Setting Every Community Up for Retirement (SECURE) Act, which became effective January 1, 2020, enacted several changes with regard to required minimum distributions (RMDs), beneficiary...

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  • Looking Before Leaping into Annuities

    A recent survey, conducted in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic by the Insured Retired Institute and Jackson National Life Insurance Company, showed a marked increase in concerns among financial professionals as to the ability of their clients to retire with adequate funds. That concern, obviously, pales against the worries of individual investors in these uncertain times. The survey, not unex...

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  • Short-term Thinking vs. Long-term Investing

    The technical term for short-sightedness, “myopia,” literally means to shut one’s eyes. Prescription glasses or contacts fix actual short-sightedness. But the figurative kind of myopia, which is really referring to an inability to think and plan for the long term, can be disastrous in the world of financial planning and investing. Hedging against market volatility has always been consider...

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  • Investing for Generations

    Long-term investors develop a habit of looking further over the horizon than short-term investors do. Even beyond that, those with a dedication to establishing and maintaining family wealth that truly endures need to consider not only how far ahead they can see, but how far their children and then their grandchildren can see into their own respective investment futures. In short, there is no “in...

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  • Being Kind to Yourself – Markets, News, and All

    Be kind to yourself… It wasn’t that long ago that many of us monitored our accounts on a monthly basis—if even that often. Today, with mobile apps and browsers at the ready on our smartphones and computers, we can see how our accounts and the markets are doing by the minute, in real time. For some, checking one’s account values frequently has become a habit. For others, it’s practical...

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  • Important Update from JL Bainbridge & Company: Coronavirus

    With the increasing news and concern regarding the COVID-19 coronavirus, we want to ensure you that J. L. Bainbridge & Co., Inc. is prepared. Be assured that we have resources and plans in place to provide you with continued service should a contingency situation arise.
    We are confident that COVID-19 will not significantly impact J. L. Bainbridge & Co. As a me...

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  • Investing to 100: How Longer Lives will Affect Financial Strategies

    Living to 100 is not such a rarity these days, and it will become even more commonplace in the future. While actuaries don’t predict anything close to the majority of people living to that age in the near future, the likelihood of living into one’s 90s is already a reality. So, if phrases such as “...

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  • Why Your Annual Financial Review is a Must

    What a difference a year can make when planning for your future. Of course, you’re 12 months closer to, or farther into, retirement. Unexpected obligations may have arisen. Your family may have grown or taken on a new structure. Your income may have changed. You may have developed new interests or set new life goals. And, even if you think you haven’t changed, the world around you has. The...

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  • Long-term Investing: Avoiding the Volatility Game

    An ostrich doesn’t actually bury her head in the sand out of fear. While you might see her head disappear into a hole, the mother ostrich is simply turning her eggs every once in a while. In other words, she’s not ignoring a problem, she’s tending to business. Long-term investing is not about ignoring anything at all. Instead, it focuses on nurturing growth by sticking to a plan that hist...

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    You Can’t Time the Market, But You Should Time Social Security

    You’ve worked hard to build your Social Security account. As with all financial assets, it makes sense to maximize the return on your investment—of time and effort. So, with decades of experience, why is it still so difficult to make the right choice regarding when to start claiming Social Security benefits? The short answer:  it’s personal. It’s a sensitive topic, but a sizeable part ...

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  • Maximizing Your Charitable Giving

    When the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act increased the standard deduction, many predicted that charitable donations would decrease. While data about charitable giving for 2018 has yet to be released, we believe that this will not be the case. The U.S. is considered the world’s most generous country, having donated more than $410 billion in 2017 alone. In our opinion, Americans...

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  • Why long-term investing is similar to buying a home

    For many, investing in a corporation is more like a trip to Las Vegas than a commitment to their financial future. However, when you think about long-term investing consider the parallels between purchasing a home and selecting high-quality investments. For the vast majority of Americans, their most profitable asset will continue to be their home. We believe the reason for this success is twofold:...

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  • Financial Planning in Your 30s

    How you save, invest and spend your hard-earned money is naturally going to change as you move through your life. In your 30s, there’s less room for big financial missteps, but with a few simple wealth management strategies and by making consistent smart choices, you’ll feel better knowing you’re on your way to securing your financial future. Get savvy with retirement ...

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  • Let’s Talk About the Interest-Rate Hike

    As we dive into the New Year, economic uncertainty and the impact of rising interest rates are making some investors nervous. Before you get too concerned, let’s discuss the key takeaways from the interest-rate hike and why a long-term investment philosophy is beneficial — especially during times of volatility. Here are the facts:

    • The Federal Reserve recently raised its benchma...

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  • During volatile time, focus on future earnings growth

    As of the writing of this letter (Friday, Dec. 7) the futures for Monday's market open jumped measurably at the news of President Trump and President Xi's agreement to postpone the imposition of additional tariffs on Chinese imports. While at some level this news is cause for encouragement, particularly for the speculative market participant, the investor, who is focused on a reasonable time hori...

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  • Comparing Earnings & Offsetting a Decline

    As listed in the image to the right the companies selected for investment posted very impressive earnings. For the most part, the earnings are remarkable when compared to the more moderate earnings results for the S&P 500. The earnings per share percentage changes are 2018 results versus a year earlier. (See EPS Growth in the image to the right) Since our founding in 1981, we have never ...

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  • Investing Advice for Millennials

    A recent survey found that most “younger” millennials — between the ages of 18 and 24 — have less than $1,000 in savings and the majority have nothing saved at all. This generation isn’t taking the situation lightly however, as 57% of millennial employees report that they’re stressed about their financial state. Fortunately, if you’re in this age group you can make a few simple chang...

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  • Evaluating the market & companies selected for investment

    As listed below the companies selected for investment posted very impressive earnings. For the most part, the earnings are remarkable when compared to the more moderate earnings results for the S&P 500. The earnings per share percentage changes are 2018 results versus a year earlier. EPS Growth: -AT&T +21% -AmerisourceBergen +10% -Apple +41% -Blackrock +27% -Camping World...

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  • Current investment analysis & charitable contributions

    Patience is a very important factor in investment success. This is particularly valid when stocks selected for investment decline when the overall stock market is appreciating, such as the current case with Camping World Holdings (CWH) and Winnebago (WGO). However, because we do our own research at J.L. Bainbridge, we have extensive knowledge of each company carefully selected for investment. This...

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  • Timing the market, Required Minimum Distributions & other news

    As Summer winds to a close and the S&P 500, Dow Jones Industrial, and Nasdaq are all makings new highs, it is more likely than ever for the human psyche to fall victim to the fool's errand of trying to time the market. With lots of experts on TV attempting to forecast the future of the markets, it is a good time to read Warren Buffet's quote, "We have long felt that the only value of stock fo...

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  • Reconsidering your company’s retirement plan

    Offering a 401(k) plan is a great way to attract and retain talent and help both business owners and employees save for retirement. The decision to sponsor such a plan, however, brings with it significant responsibilities, as well potential liability under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act and the Internal Revenue Code. Thus, doing it right is important. So is choosing the right type ...

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  • Baby on board! Financial advice for new parents

    Becoming a parent for the first time is one of the most exhilarating and joyful, yet equally terrifying, moments in any person’s life. In an instant, you gain a whole new perspective and set of responsibilities, especially in the area of finances. But with careful consideration and preparation, you can set your new family up for success. Here are a few financial planning suggestions for new p...

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  • Inheriting an IRA: What you need to know

    Transferring wealth when a family member passes away can prove to be a complex and confusing process. Inheriting a retirement account is not as simple as depositing the money into your bank account — there are stringent guidelines to follow, tax ramifications to keep in mind and long-term benefits and disadvantages to consider. IRS requirements and policies continually change, so make sure you <...

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  • Evaluating current market volatility

    Joel G. Oldham

    The market has experienced renewed volatility over the past few weeks. Trade wars, interest rates, and privacy have dominated the headlines. When the Trump administration announced over $50 billion in tariffs on imports made in China, the DJIA(Dow) dropped more than 1,100 points. Only to be followed by the Dow rising almost 3% when the Chinese said they were open to improving access to their marke...

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  • Playing the long game

    Joel G. Oldham

    Recent market activity, like the abrupt decline we saw in February, has many people understandably unsettled about their financial future. If you’re a long-term investor, however, these minute-by-minute fluctuations should serve as an important reminder of your big picture strategy. Gains for long-term investors are won not on daily market oscillations, but rather from growth experienced over ma...

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  • Market volatility & changes from the new tax bill

    D. Ryan Thompson CPA

    This year, there has been one constant in the market... volatility. 2017 was one of the least volatile years in the last century, with only 4 trading days having more than a 1.5% downward move. We do not expect the recent extreme volatility, 1,000 point moves up and down, to persist, but relative to 2017, we anticipate that volatility will remain a fairly consistent part of the movements in the ma...

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  • Four Questions to Ask During Your Annual Financial Review

    John Leeming CFP®

    Whether you’re gearing up for retirement or just starting your career, regular financial checkups are critical to ensure your monetary well-being. With the rush of the holidays now behind us and before 2018 is in full swing, January is the perfect time to meet with your financial advisor, evaluate your personal finance objectives and adjust your investment strategy as necessary. Here are a fe...

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  • Keeping Your Cool in Hot Markets

    Joel G. Oldham

    As market valuations continue to climb upward, investors can develop a fear of heights, nervously anticipating a major correction — or worse. While many of our own clients have expressed concern about the high market, long-term investors — rather than speculators— are among those who should feel the most secure. That’s because they are invested in companies with a proven record of double-d...

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  • J.L. Bainbridge is presenting sponsor for 5th annual Men, Whiskey, Watches and Wheels

    J.L. Bainbridge & Company, Inc. is supporting the Child Protection Center as the presenting sponsor for the 5th annual Men, Whiskey, Watches & Wheels. Event proceeds will support the CPC’s mission in the prevention, intervention, and treatment of child abuse. “We all have a responsibility to do anything we can to support children in our community who need our help,” sai...

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  • Rethinking retirement risk

    Conventional wisdom encourages investors to decrease the amount of stocks in their portfolio as they near retirement. But what happens when the “bonds are better” axiom no longer rings true? In our low interest rate environment, the yields of bonds and other fixed income investments like Treasuries and CDs have plummeted. With the purchasing power of bonds considerably eroded, retirees relyin...

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  • Sept. 18 Hurricane Irma update from J.L. Bainbridge

    Joel G. Oldham

    Update: 9-18-17 We're pleased to report that power has been restored in our office and our server is up-and-running. We can once again access our J.L. Bainbridge & Company, Inc. emails and our services are fully functional. Thank you for your patience! Our thoughts are with those who are still recovering in the wake of Hurricane Irma.    


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  • Should you delay your social security benefits?

    Deciding whether to delay your Social Security benefits is a critical choice — and one that can have potentially significant financial payoffs. Take your benefits at your full retirement age and you’ll get 100 percent; wait a year and you'll get 108 percent; delay even further until you’re 70 and receive 132 percent. However, choosing to postpone is a very personal decision and there are man...

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  • J.L. Bainbridge hires Sarasota native into vice president role

    Jerry Bainbridge

    J.L. Bainbridge & Company, Inc. recently hired D. Ryan Thompson, CPA, as vice president. Thompson, a third generation Sarasota native, will be responsible for prospective client identification and portfolio management. He will also provide expert tax advice and participate in the identification and review of companies and instruments considered for investment. Thompson comes to J.L. Bainbri...

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  • The rise of robo-advisors and what it means for the future of wealth management

    Technology has shifted the approach of nearly every industry over the past decade, and the field of wealth management certainly hasn’t been immune to its influence. The use of automated investing has surged, with robo-advisors now managing more than $50 billion in assets. However, many financial experts are questioning the effectiveness of this approach for investors with more personalized, long...

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  • J.L. Bainbridge launches brand refresh

    Jerry Bainbridge

    Welcome to our new website! You may have noticed that J.L. Bainbridge has an updated look and feel, which includes a refreshed digital and print presence. We believe the rebranding encapsulates our legacy, unique promise and continued growth. You’ll see these brand updates reflected in our advertising, stationary and other materials. You may also recognize some of the elements of the archite...

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  • How to pick the right investment advisor for you

    Whether you’re building up a retirement nest egg, saving for your child’s education or exploring a new investment strategy, selecting an investment advisor to assist you with your financial goals can be intimidating. In a market saturated with choices, it’s important to take a thoughtful, informed approach when you pick an investment advisory firm. Here are a few considerations to keep in mi...

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