Financial Security Planning for Your Future

When it comes to planning for financial security, realizing the need to take greater control over your financial life is the first step. Selecting a trusted advisor to partner with is the next.  


As your wealth management advisor, I will listen, clarify and help prioritize your goals and aspirations, then develop a formal financial strategy designed to help you achieve your vision.  We have the expertise, credentials and resources to best address all of your financial planning needs. 


For an overview of our approach for individuals, families and business owners, click on our interactive brochures below. 

Individuals and Families 




Derek specializes in helping individual and corporate clients establish and implement long term financial security planning objectives. Derek, along with his team, is qualified to assist you with:

  • Closely Held Business Planning Strategies:
    • Qualified Retirement Planning
    • Non-Qualified Deferred Compensation Planning
    • Group Disability & Life Insurance Planning
    • Key Person Disability & Life Insurance Planning
    • Buy-sell Structure and Funding
    • Bonus Plans
    • Exit/Transition Planning
  • Financial Planning:
    • Survivor Income
    • Disability Income
    • Education Funding
    • Retirement Accumulation
    • Retirement Distribution
    • Long Term Care Planning
  • Asset Management:
    • Advisory & Brokerage Investment Services
    • Tax Efficient Strategies
    • Education Funding

Ask About Our Financial Education Series for Businesses and Key Executives

Derek Peterson, national speaker and financial educator, is available to share his expertise at your upcoming organization, association or company meeting. He can speak on business planning strategies, financial planning and asset management strategies - or customize a presentation topic based on member interest. Connect Now to request information and schedule a session.

The Northwestern Mutual Difference

We make plans for people, not just money. So no matter your goals, we have access to top rated products and services to help you meet each one.

  • Best Life Insurance Company ranked by NerdWallet, 2019 to 20201
  • AAA, Aaa, and AA+ the highest financial strength ratings of any life insurer from all four major rating agencies2
  • Top 10 U.S. Independent Investment Broker-Dealers3
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2Northwestern Mutual continues to have the highest financial strength ratings awarded to any U.S. life insurer by all four of the major rating agencies: A.M. Best Company, A++ (highest), April 2020; Fitch Ratings, AAA (highest), August 2020; Moody’s Investors Service, Aaa (highest), December 2020; S&P Global Ratings, AA+ (second highest), June 2020. Third-party ratings are subject to change. Ratings are for The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company and Northwestern Long Term Care Insurance Company.

3Measured by 2020 total revenues. Ranking for Northwestern Mutual Investment Services, LLC. Sources: Financial Advisor magazine and Investment News, April 2021.

Derek S Peterson, CFP®, CRPS®

Wealth Management Advisor

Here’s How Tax Brackets Work

Tax brackets can be confusing but we can help explain how you can use them to estimate your tax bill. Read more here.

Steps for Financial Planning Throughout Your Life

Anyone can benefit from a mapping out a financial roadmap that shows you how to reach your financial goals. Read more here.

How Much Money Do You Need to Live Comfortably in Retirement?

The answer is different for everyone so your plan should focus on setting up the income you’ll need. Read more here.


To learn more about Northwestern Mutual Investment Services, LLC and its financial representatives, visit: FINRA BrokerCheck