Derek Hagen

Personal Finance, Retirement, Lifestage Based Planning
“Helping clients make smart decisions with their money and increasing their financial health. ”

Hagen Financial LLC

Job Title:

Financial Coach | Consultant


Short Bio

Fan of the outdoors, adventure-seeker, animal-lover, squash player, financial coach, life-long student, blogger.

Professional Bio

​Derek is the founder of Hagen Financial LLC, a financial coaching and counseling firm that helps clients develop a healthy relationship with money and find the motivation to change their behavior. He is is the founder of the Money Health blog which helps readers increase their financial health. He spent most of his career working as a Vice President of a registered investment advisor helping clients develop investment strategies that help them meet their financial goals. Most recently he worked as the Director of Wealth Management at a financial planning firm.

In his free time he enjoys all things outdoors, especially camping, hiking, and running with his wife, Katie and dog, Bingo. 


Graduate Certificate, Behavioral Finance and Financial Psychology, Creighton University (expected)

Bachelor of Arts, Economics, Summa Cum Laude, Minnesota State University Moorhead


Certified Financial Behavior Specialist™, Financial Psychology Institute (expected

Certified Financial Planner™, CFP  Board

Chartered Financial Analyst, CFA Institute

Certificate in Investment Performance Measurement, CIPM Association

Personal Bio

My wife, Katie, and I are active people who value adventure, outdoors, and fitness. She teaches physical education and anyone who knows us can attest that she is much more athletic that I am. So I had to learn quickly how to "lose to a girl." We love camping in our 17-foot fiberglass trailer. We also love hiking, running, and cross country skiing. We take advantage of the Minnesota summer and go exploring with our camper as much as we can. 

​I have some hobbies that some people are surprised to learn about, including playing squash, practicing kung fu, card magic, juggling, playing the drums, and learning how to play the guitar. 

My Story

I am originally from Moorhead, Minnesota, which is right across a river from Fargo, ND. Yes, I have seen the movie (and the TV show; both are excellent!). I moved to the Twin Cities (Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN) in 2005 after graduating college. I didn't attend college right out of high school like normal people. I grew up in an environment where not many of us went to college. Some didn't even graduate high school. I am lucky that I was able to attend a technical college and then transfer to Minnesota State University Moorhead (MSUM). 

​In technical school I studied mechanical drafting, which means that in an ideal world I would have gotten a job drawing plans for engineers. It was fascinating and came easy to me, but I got a job drawing toilet stalls. Since 1) that wasn't very intriguing to me, and 2) because I was drawn to the liberal arts classes that I had to take, I transferred to MSUM. 

​After moving to the Twin Cities after college I got a job working in what they call Investment Operations (working on making sure systems are updated for the decision-makers), and eventually moved my way up to Vice President at an investment advisor in Minneapolis. From there I entered semi-retirement. I am a fan of working retirements so from there I started my first firm, Fireside Financial, to try to bring financial advice to people who don't have a million dollars to invest. Shortly after starting Fireside I took a job as the Director of Wealth Management at a financial planning firm in the suburbs. That role wasn't satisfying my desire to help regular people so I started Hagen Financial. Hagen Financial is a financial coaching and counseling firm that helps people attain a better relationship with money. I also started the Money Health blog, to increase readers' financial health.


BA, Economics, Minnesota State University Moorhead
Behavioral Finance | Financial Psychology, Creighton University

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It sounds like your son wants to buy a home but doesn't have the credit needed to get a mortgage, and you are interested in buying the home for him. 

I would not advise doing this for several reasons. Your son can likely still rent an apartment and be happy. While renting, he can save money for a down payment and work on repairing his credit. You don't want to jeopardize your retirement to purchase someone else a house. Your retirement account is likely tax-deferred, so you would have to pay taxes on any withdrawals that come out of the account, and if you are under 59.5 years old you would have a penalty on top of that. Your son has more time than you do. Taking a withdrawal from your retirement account could mean you would have to work longer than you would want to. Lastly, consider what your son did in order to get bad credit. I don't know the backstory, but it's common to hear that kids in this situation have bad spending habits. So if that's the case her and your plan was for your son to pay you back, you have to at least consider the scenario where he doesn't or can't pay you back. 

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