Areas of Expertise

As a representative of the Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Company, I am able to provide you with customized recommendations that will help you plan for your financial future.

  • Fee-Based Financial Planning
    As a fee-based advisor, I am compensated for the time and expertise put into designing and creating your personal financial plan. Under this fee structure, I have a responsibility to ensure your interests and goals are always put first.
  • Private Client Services
    Over a lifetime of hard work you have built up a successful business, career, or professional practice. Along the way you've acquired valuable assets that may include publicly-traded stocks and bonds, mutual funds, collectibles, real estate, and perhaps a business interest or securities issued from an employer or former employer. Investment management can be a challenge. I have access to dedicated account administrators and investment teams to help identify your goals and investment objectives. Working with us, you can be certain that the investment management strategy we recommend for you is custom-built for your unique situation, using a wide range of investment strategies.
  • Wealth Management
    You've earned your success and continue to excel in your personal and professional lives. Maintaining wealth becomes an issue as time constraints in daily life make it difficult to identify and develop strategies that align with your financial goals. I will partner with you to help you sustain and grow long-term wealth consistent with your goals and aspirations, taking into account other financial needs and your comfort with market risks.
  • Trust Services
    Trust services is a natural progression for people who have accumulated significant assets and now need help preserving and growing their wealth, as well as planning how to distribute it to loved ones and organizations. I will work to understand your complex financial goals and will recommend tailored wealth management, trust and estate planning solutions to help you achieve them.
  • Business Succession Planning
    What will happen to your business when you retire, or if you become permanently disabled or die? What's the value of your business, and how much is each owner's share worth? As a business owner, you know how many years you have invested in your business. Wanting it to continue is natural. Because I specialize in business succession planning, I can help you answer these and other questions. Together we can develop a plan to help ensure a smooth transfer of your business.
  • Estate Planning
    You work your whole life to build your estate. You should have control over what happens to it upon your death. Building a lasting legacy takes more than simply accumulating a large portfolio. You need a solution that remains flexible enough to allow you to maintain maximum control of your assets and enjoy them during your lifetime while you prepare for the efficient transfer of those assets after you die.
  • Employee and Executive Benefits Planning
    Employee benefits are an important part of the growth of your business. Benefits such as health insurance, pension plans, group life and disability income plans make up the compensation package that helps ensure continued employee satisfaction and well-being within your company. Designing an employee benefit approach can be a complicated, technical and time-consuming matter. Working with a specialist who offers access to comprehensive employee benefit services through local and independently owned companies, provides a number of advantages, including experienced professionals with access to top providers and a wealth of benefit choices tailored to meet your business' ever changing needs.
  • Business Continuation Planning
    What will happen to your business when you retire, or if you become permanently disabled or die? What's the value of your business, and how much is each owner's share worth? Because I specialize in business continuation planning, I can help you answer these and other questions. Together we can develop a range of solutions to help protect your business, should something unforeseen happen down the road.
  • Business Valuation Planning
    Accurately valuing your business is a primary consideration in your estate and business succession planning. It's critical to being able to properly fund your business purchase agreement, which can help preserve your wealth and make the transition of your business a smooth one at retirement, disability or death. It's not an exact science, and the value of your business will change over time. Working with you and your other advisors, I can help keep your valuation current to meet your overall objectives.
  • Business Risk Management
    As a business owner, you know that your presence on the job is crucial. Securing the right kind of business protection can be complicated. Using my expertise in business risk management from Northwestern Mutual, I can help you protect your business to ensure its future.
  • Qualified Plan Benchmarking
    Understanding how your retirement plan compares to industry benchmarks for expenses, performance and design is not only a good business practice, it is becoming a regulatory expectation. Based on our experience and industry resources, I will provide you with comparative data to document a sound due diligence process.
  • Qualified Plan Fiduciary Education
    As a retirement plan sponsor you face a sometimes bewildering array of regulations and responsibilities. It is important to find a source of trustworthy information to help you to manage your responsibilities and mitigate the associated risks. Let me help you to understand your options to develop an approach that works for you and your plan.
  • Qualified Plan Design Assistance
    Sponsoring a qualified plan is a critically important step toward achieving retirement security for you and your employees. Choosing the right plan design elements will allow you to balance your goals for tax deferred wealth accumulation with the cost and complexity involved. Together with our plan specialists, I will help you to evaluate multiple plan design options and understand the impact they will have on you, your employees and the bottom line.
  • Qualified Plan Employee Education
    Qualified plan benefits are most effective when they are thoroughly understood and properly utilized by plan participants. Quality benefits education is not a one-time event but rather a long term program to build awareness, understanding and appreciation. I will work with you to develop and deliver a comprehensive education plan across multiple media to help produce positive results.
  • Retirement Planning
    Perhaps one of the greatest financial challenges you will face in your lifetime is preparing adequately for your retirement. I will help you create a plan that will assess your current financial situation, determine the retirement lifestyle for your future, review the many options available, and put solutions in place to help ensure you achieve the retirement of your dreams.
  • Life Insurance Planning
    Many people realize that they need life insurance. And, many people have opinions about what type of life insurance they prefer. I regularly help people determine how much life insurance they need and what types or combination of types of coverage are best suited to help them further their own objectives. A well constructed life insurance policy can be a valuable part of your overall financial security plan. I will help you look at this in the context of your overall financial security plan and help you determine what makes the most sense for your particular situation.

Peter Racen, CLU®, ChFC®, CASL®, CFP®, AEP®

Director of Estate & Business Planning

 

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