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Why I Became A Financial Advisor (Scott)

By Scott Peterson

As a young boy growing up in northern Minnesota, I was surrounded by family who had a strong work ethic—and even stronger principles. From a young age I was required to work at the family-owned coffee processing and distribution company. It was extremely important to my family that I didn’t just complete a list of tasks, but that I understood how the business worked. Business and finance were always being discussed, and I soaked in all the information I could. I remember going with my grandfather, Arvid Peterson, to the local brokerage office in Duluth, Minnesota, to watch the ticker tape and check his stocks. Those early life lessons helped shape me into who I am today, and set me on the first steps down the path toward my lifelong career. 

First Career Steps

I graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota with a BS in American History and Political Science. Then I went on to earn my MA in American History from Indiana University in Bloomington. In 1987, I went to work for a national wirehouse and took to the industry very well. My extensive knowledge of American History gives me a unique perspective on the financial market’s ups and downs, so I can better serve my clients.

I experienced a great deal of success during my time with Edward Jones, but I began to feel I wasn’t able to do the best job for clients because the firm had their proprietary funds and restricted what their brokers could and could not do. In 2004, I left to form my own independent firm, Peterson Wealth Management, where I could truly put the clients’ interests first.

My Career Today

As principal and founder of Peterson Wealth Management, I get to spend my days doing what I love—guiding clients through uncertainty and fear, to a financial future they’ve only dreamed of. I use my background to construct investment models and tailor them to an individual client’s investment objectives, time frames, and goals. I aim to bring clarity and confidence to your financial concerns, so that your finances can support you and your loved ones as you navigate your golden years. 

As a fiduciary and family business, Peterson Wealth Management can offer you a personal approach. I am dedicated to simplifying your financial life. Together we’ll create an individualized plan that takes into account your passions, your goals, and your unique challenges. I help to grow and protect your wealth so that your dreams can become reality. As your partner, I promise to extend to you the same kind of true-blue sincerity that we’ve fostered among our family and team.

Are You Ready For A Different Financial Future?

I’d love to meet you and find out more about your financial goals. I can’t wait to listen as you explain your worries and the unique challenges you’re facing on your financial journey. Together, we can create a customized plan and make your financial well-being a top priority. There’s no reason for you to go it alone! Schedule your no-fee consultation now to get started!

About Scott

D. Scott Peterson is an investment advisor representative and the founder of Peterson Wealth Management. With over 30 years of experience, Scott is passionate about helping clients maximize their money and create a nest egg that allows them to find financial security. He is known for his loyalty to his clients, going the extra mile to make sure their financial plan and strategies are still on track to achieve their goals. Scott started Peterson Wealth Management in 2004 because he wanted the freedom to put his clients first and serve them in a way that would truly bring value to their lives. He graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota with a bachelor’s degree in American history and political science and holds a master’s degree in American history from Indiana University in Bloomington. He firmly believes that having an understanding of history helps him navigate the ups and downs of the markets and manage money through crises. When he’s not working, you can find Scott enjoying all manner of winter sports, especially hockey!