Dan Hager, MBA, is a Northwestern Mutual Financial Representative who serves in the business benefits market as well as individual financial planning.
My wife, Melissa and I first moved to Minnesota in 2006 and have enjoyed everything it has to offer. We now live in Faribault, Minnesota and have 2 beutiful children, Cameron (3) and Addilyn (1). Our free time is typically spent outdoors either training for various races or playing with our children in the backyard. I have been an entrepreneur my whole life. In college that began to show when I started what became a nationally recognized chapter of Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) at Ripon College where I also graduated with honors. I then went on to earn an MBA from Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota. My experience at Bethel changed my life as I now have a deeper appreciation for the significance we all play in each other's lives. My passion for my career stems from just that - a true desire to make a positive impact for those around me as it relates to their financial security. My vision for my business is to be the premier source of financial literacy education in my marketplace and to change lives by implementing simple yet effective strategies for my clients to achieve financial freedom.
Legal privileges you have as mom or dad go away when they’re 18.
northwesternmutual.com When your child turns 18, they are legally an adult. That means you may want to take care of some paperwork. Here are 4 things you should do when your child turns 18.
There’s a way to streamline debt to make it easier and more affordable.
northwesternmutual.com Folding all your loans into a single account with one monthly payment can help you get out of debt faster and cheaper. So, how does debt consolidation work in practice?
Would love to help you as you start your business journey.
northwesternmutual.com Starting a business puts you in charge of your destiny. But before you go out on your own, here are some financial steps to take before starting a business.
Here’s why one mom prioritizes traveling with each of her kids.
northwesternmutual.com Taking one-on-one vacations allows this mom to reconnect with each of her kids in a unique way. Here’s how and why she prioritizes the expense in her budget.
Here’s a great vacation idea the whole family can enjoy.
northwesternmutual.com Booking a cruise for your next family vacation can provide a lot of options as far as pricing, packaging, activities and amenities. Here are expert tips for making the most of a family cruise.
Answering these questions can help you envision the lifestyle you hope to grow into.
northwesternmutual.com Moving to a smaller house, condo or apartment can be a huge lifestyle and financial change as you approach retirement. Ask yourself these 5 questions before you downsize your home.
He went from nearly closing his doors to building a growing business.
northwesternmutual.com Ricardo Perez’s business was months from failing when a new mentor helped him turn it all around. Here’s how he saved his business.
This is a good rule of thumb for how much to set aside every year for home upkeep.
northwesternmutual.com While people save up extensively to buy a home, not everyone plans properly for home maintenance costs. Here’s the homeowner’s guide to budgeting for home maintenance and repairs throughout the years.
These are great spots the whole family will enjoy.
northwesternmutual.com Dreaming of traveling abroad with the kids? Here are 5 top international travel destinations for families where fun — and the U.S. dollar — will go far.
If you’re in the market for summer essentials, these are the deals worth considering.
northwesternmutual.com Whether you’re hopping in the car for a weekend trip to the beach or picking up a gift for dear old dad, here are the best things worth buying in June — and what you should skip.
This rule of thumb is a good starting point.
northwesternmutual.com A popular rule of thumb is to use the 4 percent rule for retirement to determine how much you can withdraw from your savings each year. See why it’s just a guideline.
Time became a lot more valuable to this family after the birth of their son.
northwesternmutual.com They worked buying quality family time into the budget.
Let’s make great credit part of your financial plan.
northwesternmutual.com Great credit can have a big impact on your finances. So you might be wondering, “How do I build my credit?” Here are 5 moves you can start making today.
A few strategic moves now can help you pay less in credit card interest rates in the long run.
northwesternmutual.com Only 25 percent of cardholders try to negotiate their credit card interest rate, but 70 percent are successful. Here’s how to negotiate your credit card interest rate.
There’s just as much — if not more — to do at these places during the summer.
northwesternmutual.com If a summer visit to a ski resort sounds more your speed, the options are plentiful. Check out these 5 ski areas your family should visit during the summer.
It’s likely worth millions of dollars to you.
northwesternmutual.com You have auto insurance, homeowner’s insurance, health insurance – even, perhaps, pet insurance. So, on top of it all, is disability insurance worth it? Short answer: yes. Here’s why.
It’s a good time to make sure your retirement savings plan is on track.
northwesternmutual.com Your dream retirement likely doesn’t include worrying about money. Here are 6 myths about saving for retirement — and how to avoid them so you stay on track.
If you’re ready to take your small business to the next level, let’s talk.
northwesternmutual.com Launching a small business is a huge accomplishment — but now you may be focused on how to take your small business to the next level. These 7 steps can help your company grow.
Disability insurance can make it easier to balance parenthood and the checkbook.
northwesternmutual.com Will short-term disability insurance cover maternity leave? Yes, but the devil is in the details. Here’s what to consider when examining your disability insurance coverage.
This is a very common financial planning dilemma.
northwesternmutual.com With the cost of college today, many parents face the question: Should you save for college or retirement? Here’s what you should know.
The right timing can help you save a bundle on these large purchases.
northwesternmutual.com What to look for on sale in the month of May.
These tips can help you make progress on your finances this month.
northwesternmutual.com From planning a splurge to evaluating your disability insurance coverage, here are 5 ways to improve your finances in May.
Read this before you plan to remodel your home.
northwesternmutual.com Remodeling can be a great way to turn your current house into your dream home. These tips can help you hire the right home contractor and avoid problems down the road.
Money isn’t the only factor in your decision — but it’s a big one.
northwesternmutual.com When it comes to choosing a college, emotions can often take precedence over financial considerations. Ask your child these 3 financial questions before deciding on a college so they find the best financial fit.
There are a number of different ways to pay for an advisor, including no out-of-pocket cost for you.
northwesternmutual.com If you’re thinking about improving your finances, you may be wondering how much a financial advisor costs. We break down how advisors get paid.
You’ve heard these terms before, but do you know what they mean? #FinancialLiteracyMonth
northwesternmutual.com Financial jargon can make a dollars-and-cents discussion far more complicated than it really is. Here are some financial terms that mask their true simplicity.
She didn’t let obstacles prevent her from achieving her dreams. #SpendLifeLiving
northwesternmutual.com Paralympian and ESPN reporter Victoria Arlen shares the incredible story of how she overcome the odds and stayed focused on her goals.
Where will you and your family take your next great adventure? #SpendLifeLiving
northwesternmutual.com 5 ways to make planning fun.
It’s one benefit that you can utilize while you’re alive.
northwesternmutual.com What is the cash value of permanent life insurance? It’s a key living benefit of a permanent life insurance policy, but it’s commonly misunderstood. Here’s how the cash value of your life insurance policy can be a key part of any financial plan.
If you're thinking of buying a home, let’s talk about how it can fit into your financial plan.
northwesternmutual.com Buying a fixer-upper can be a savvy financial decision, but it also requires a lot of work. Here’s what one woman wishes she’d known before buying a fixer-upper.
If the recent downturn had you rethinking your investment strategy, now is a good time to make changes.
northwesternmutual.com Market downturns, like the one in 2018, are good barometers to assess your risk tolerance and to think strategically about your financial goals. Here’s why now is the time to revisit your risk tolerance.
Let’s talk about how you can #SpendLifeLiving by traveling with the whole family.
northwesternmutual.com Traveling with young kids can seem impossible, but it doesn’t have to be. Here are 5 cities to visit before the kids turn 5 with attractions the whole family can enjoy, from toddlers to grandparents.
Timely tips to help you check in on your finances this month.
northwesternmutual.com From learning about your finances to boosting your retirement savings, here are 5 ways to improve your finances in April.
This is a good explanation of something you’ll likely hear more about in the coming months.
northwesternmutual.com The Federal Reserve has signaled a pause to interest rate hikes the central bank’s balance sheet reduction plan. But what is the Fed’s balance sheet, and why does it matter?
Consider this a wallet-friendly way to feel rested and restored.
northwesternmutual.com Taking a staycation shouldn't just be an excuse to get busy work done. Here’s how to plan your staycation so that you’re actually getting to unwind and relax — without blowing your budget.
Let’s have a conversation about this key planning priority.
northwesternmutual.com A funded buy-sell agreement can protect you and your family if something happens to you or your business partner. Here are four things you should know about funding a buy-sell agreement.
This entrepreneur made a plan to retire early and #SpendLifeLiving on his own terms. Let’s get in touch if this is your goal, too.
northwesternmutual.com How saving early and planning ahead helped him get there.
If you’re facing more bad debt than good, let’s discuss a plan to improve your financial health.
northwesternmutual.com Not all types of debt are equal. Here’s the difference between good and bad debt, and how each can impact your financial health.
If you think it’s just about a death benefit, you’ll want to read this.
northwesternmutual.com As you learn about life insurance, you’re likely to hear about whole life insurance. But what is it, and what are the benefits of whole life insurance?
Here’s why it’s important to start your tax prep early this year.
northwesternmutual.com This is the first time that you’ll have to file your tax returns under the new tax-law changes. Here are the biggest changes you need to know about.
A financial plan can help you find balance in living for today while saving for tomorrow.
northwesternmutual.com 3 strategies for keeping anxiety at bay.
Value stocks have trailed growth stocks for about a decade. Here’s why it’s a good idea to always own a balance of both.
northwesternmutual.com High-flying growth stocks may be yielding leadership to value stocks, but long-term investors shouldn’t get caught up in this style game.
Working with a financial professional can help ease the stress of combining finances. If this is a goal for you and your partner, let’s talk.
northwesternmutual.com As if planning a wedding isn’t stressful enough, this couple also decided to tackle merging their money. Here’s the stress-free way they combined finances.
Let’s have a conversation about your financial priorities.
northwesternmutual.com Faced with competing savings goals, one couple chose to make their retirement savings a priority over their kids’ 529 college savings. Here’s why that’s a smart financial decision.
Let’s talk if buying or selling a home is part of your financial plan this year.
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