Mark P. Cussen, CFP®, CMFC, AFC

Mark P. Cussen, CFP®, CMFC, AFC

Mark P. Cussen, CFP®, CMFC, AFC, has 20 years of experience in the financial industry, which includes working with investments, insurance, mortgages, taxes and financial planning. He has several years of experience as a financial author and has written numerous educational articles for various financial websites. He has also worked in retail, discount and bank brokerage systems and is currently working as a financial planner for the U.S. military. Mark has a Bachelor of Science in English from the University of Kansas and completed his CFP coursework at the Bloch School of Business at the University of Missouri-Kansas City in August of 2001.

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  1. FA Profession

    Brexit Basics and Your Clients

    The market punishes uncertainty, and the Brexit has sown the seeds for plenty of it. Here are some Brexit basics for you and your clients.
  2. FA Profession

    Why Advisors Ignore Most Marketing Pitches

    Advisors are busy folks and as such, they aren't easily swayed to read marketing materials.
  3. FA Profession

    How to Grow Your Business with Donation Strategies

    Advisors who offer clients expertise in how to charitably donate will likely build a stronger practice and capture more business. Here's why.
  4. ETFs

    ETFs and Taxes: What Investors Need to Know

    It's true that ETFs can offer tax efficiency, but that's not always the case. Here's what investors need to watch out for.
  5. ETFs

    ETFs and Taxes: What Investors Need to Know

    It's true that ETFs can offer tax efficiency, but that's not always the case. Here's what investors need to watch out for.
  6. FA Profession

    How to Explain Value Investing to Clients

    The sun appears to be coming out for value stocks again. But before you advise clients to invest, here's what you should consider.
  7. Retirement Planning

    Universal Retirement Coverage Bill Goes to Hill

    Democrats have introduced another bill to Congress in an effort to help American workers save for retirement. Here's what they hope it accomplishes.
  8. Investing Strategy

    At What Point Does Indexing Get Top Heavy?

    More than 40% of all investment assets are now held in index funds. Are they becoming too popular?
  9. Retirement Planning

    Social Security COLA Unlikely for 2017

    Social Security recipients will most likely see no increase in their monthly benefit in 2017 unless inflation moves up between now and September.
  10. Investing Strategy

    Why Active Management Needs to Change to Survive

    Peter Kraus, CEO of AllianceBernstein, believes the actively-managed fund industry may need to shrink its asset base to stay competitive.
  11. FA Profession

    The Impact of Fiduciary Rule on Annuity Sales

    The new fiduciary rule has a far reaching effect on the annuity sales process for advisors and clients.
  12. Retirement Planning

    New Bill Allows Grad Students to Save More in IRA

    A new bill has recently been introduced that would allow grad students to save more for retirement.
  13. Insurance & Health

    Watch Out for These Medicare Mistakes

    Sorting through Medicare can be confusing. Here are some potential mistakes to avoid when choosing your plan.
  14. FA Profession

    Why Advisors Shouldn't Overlook Impact Investing

    The demand for impact-centered portfolio management is rapidly growing. Here's how advisors can get on the bandwagon with this new approach.
  15. Insurance & Health

    The Scary Truth About Medical Costs in Retirement

    Are you saving enough to cover your medical costs during retirement? Recent research says you're likely not. Here's what else to consider.
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