National Ethics Association

We are committed to maintaining the highest standards of integrity and professionalism in our relationship with you, our client.

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BBB Accredited Business

Our A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau displays our trustworthiness and our commitment to satisfying the needs of our clients.

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IARFC Member

As a member of the International Association of Registered Financial Consultants, we are trained to help our clients wisely "spend, save, invest, insure and plan for the future to achieve financial independence and peace of mind."

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Infinite Resources

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 What's the Latest News at AERIE? 

  • AERIE is now able to host "family meeting" webcasts! This makes it easier for family members to all engage and be present for the meetings that matter. 
  • Laurie just finished presenting for the Wisconsin Bar Association! She presented with Dera Johnsen-Tracy, of Horn & Johnsen, SC on the topics of Estate Planning for People With Special Needs, and Loopholes and Legacies: Strategies for Transferring Retirement Assets to the Next Generation. 
  • Annual Strategy Review Meetings are currently taking place! Now is a great time to review the past year in your life. Call us now to help! 

Meet Our Team

Shuhan  Liu

Shuhan Liu

Intern & Graduate Student in Accounting at UW-Madison

Laura Ellis

Laura Ellis

Special Project Assistant

Amber  Schmaling

Amber Schmaling

Intern, UW-Madison, Personal Finance

Hannah Bucci

Hannah Bucci

Intern, UW-Madison, Personal Finance

Our fee-based firm offers personal wealth management services, including investment management and comprehensive financial planning, retirement services for individuals and businesses and specialized services such as social security income planning, long term care strategies, and tax planning. In addition to specializing in serving business owners, the firm has long focused on holistic planning and is dedicated to creating customized financial strategies designed to help individuals to protect their wealth while maximizing retirement income.

Everything we do at AERIE is about challenging the status quo~ We believe in thinking differently!

  • As an independent financial firm- We are passionate about changing your experience of retirement income planning, estate and trust planning, custom wealth services, and full-circle financial planning
  • As the founder- I believe everyone has the right to excellent advice and help when it comes to preserving their financial legacy and future
  • Since inception, AERIE has been on a mission to change the way you think and feel about your wealth building process
  • Transparency & Trust are the way we develop lasting relationships with our clients

You will realize these benefits over and over working with us!

How Do We Help?


  • Dedicated to assisting with retirement strategies of all types
    • 401(k)s, Roth IRAs, Long Term Care, Tax Planning, & Social Security, Income planning, Estate Financial Planning;
  • Coordinating retirement accounts with other assets to:
    • Increase growth and preserve wealth
    • Facilitate tax-efficient transfers of wealth to next generations
  • Tax-efficient strategies for business owners and executives for retirement investing


  • Unique set of qualifications and education
    • M.A., Ph.D., AIF, & RFC
  • Locally owned with no big-company interests to fulfill
    • Able to offer an impressive variety of products and services
  • Client specialization
    • Baby Boomers, business owners, women, seniors

Laurie’s true uniqueness comes with her compassion. In addition to regularly mentoring interns since founding her practice, Laurie donates her time and resources by teaching and hosting seminars on multiple financial topics throughout the year. Combining this compassion with her education, experience, and Midwestern values, AERIE assists clients and businesses with developing their own plans for success in retirement. This process starts by simply assessing your current situation and identifying your goals, without sales pressure or product-hype. The advice you receive will increase your opportunities while mitigating risks.

As your Independent Advisor, We want to make a positive difference in your life by helping you make informed decisions about your money so that you can pursue your goals, avoid costly mistakes, and fulfill personal values. Let’s start today!


Words of Wisdom

"Your Financial Future

~ Your Life's Legacy."

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Educational Seminars Regularly Offered:

Retirement Basics for Everyone
Investment Fundamentals
Social Security and How to Optimize Your Benefit

Estate Planning and Your Finances
How Secure is Your Nest Egg In The New Retirement?
Retirement Essentials for Women
Your Retirement $ Are Not Stuck For Life
Girl$ Just Want To Have Fund$

Conference Teaching:
Smart Money Women Conference 2014, Madison WI

Regular Presentations at UW-Madison, area Assisted Living and Independent Living Communities, Madison Area Libraries, Dane Co area Senior Centers.

Please Contact Us to plan your next Educational Financial Seminar! (608-831-1117)

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