Hello and welcome to Money Health. I'm Derek, and I help people make smart decisions with their money. I'm an adventure-seeker, animal-lover, squash player, lifelong student, and fan of the outdoors. Learn more about me below. 

Professional Bio

Derek F. Hagen, CFP®, FBS®, CFA, CIPM

Money Psychology Writer

Derek Hagen is a personal finance blogger and educator, and founder of Money Health. He creates relevant content people can use to navigate the world of money and how it interacts with their lives. Derek breaks down money and talks about it in everyday language, so even complex topics can be understood. Derek specializes in showing readers how the psychology of money can impact their financial health. Derek is also the founder of Money Health Solutions, a financial therapy and consulting firm that helps clients who want to make a change, simplify their lives, live more mindfully with their money.

Derek has worked in financial services for over ​15 years, including serving as Vice President of Investments and Planning for an investment advising firm, and Director of Wealth Management for a wealth management firm. He makes it his number one priority to simplify money matters to help make money less stressful. 

Derek is highly trained in financial planning, investing, financial psychology, behavioral finance, and financial behavior. He has earned four professional designations; Certified Financial Behavior Specialist® (FBS®), CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ (CFP®), Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), and Certificate in Investment Performance Measurement (CIPM).

Derek is a member of CFP Board, Financial Planning Association, Financial Psychology Institute, CFA Institute, and CIPM Association. 

Derek holds a Graduate Certificate in financial psychology and behavioral finance from Creighton University, as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics (Summa Cum Laude) from Minnesota State University Moorhead. 

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 than 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 enjoy hiking, running, and cross country skiing. We take advantage of Minnesota summers and go exploring with our camper as much as we can. 

I have some hobbies that some people are surprised to learn. These include 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 cool, and 2) I was drawn to the liberal arts classes 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. Later I took a job as the Director of Wealth Management at a financial planning firm in the suburbs. I started Money Health to try and help people become more confident with their financial decisions, ease their stress, and help them live their lives on purpose. 

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