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. Investing Strategy

    Are Rallying Junk Bonds Good News for Stocks?

    The recent performance of junk bonds could indicate that the markets may continue to rise for the time being.
  2. FA Profession

    Emerging Markets: What Advisors Should Tell Clients

    Is this the right time to invest clients’ money into emerging markets?
  3. FA Profession

    Talking to Clients Who Think Stocks Are in a Bubble

    Here's what to tell clients who think that the market is in bubble territory.
  4. FA Profession

    SEC Enforcement Actions Dip Below 2015 Record

    The number of enforcement actions brought by the SEC this year is below the record in 2015.
  5. FA Relevant

    How Life Insurance Settlements Are Evolving

    The life insurance industry marches forward by offering more ways that consumers can access the death benefits in their policies. Here's one of the newest.
  6. Credit, Loans & Mortgages

    CFPB Targets Discriminatory Lending Practices

    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is sending mystery shoppers into banks to uncover discriminatory lending practices.
  7. FA Profession

    Why Fiduciary Rule Revisions are Rankling Advisors

    The final version of the fiduciary rule contained several revisions that now appear to be less beneficial to advisors than many expected.
  8. Mutual Funds

    Rule Change Prompts Money Market Fund Swaps

    Rules designed to prevent runs on money market funds only apply to some. So investors are moving their money out.
  9. FA Relevant

    Income vs. Total Return: Withdrawals Reconsidered

    Here is what needs to be considered when deciding between an income or total return approach to withdrawals.
  10. FA Profession

    Why Consumers are Skeptical of Financial Advisors

    Advisors find themselves facing major obstacles when it comes to gaining their clients’ trust. Here's why.
  11. FA Relevant

    Vanguard Preps to Enter Active ETF Arena

    Vanguard has filed with the SEC to launch actively-managed ETFs, a first for the index fund giant.
  12. FA Relevant

    Fidelity Readies Actively-Managed ETF Hybrid

    Fidelity has filed with the SEC to launch ETFs that provide active management in the same way as closed-end funds, but without the price discount.
  13. FA Relevant

    Davis Advisors Set to Launch 3 ETFs

    Davis has filed with the SEC to add 3 ETFs to its asset management arsenal.
  14. Stocks

    New IEX Exchange Launches With Just Two Stocks

    The IEX stock exchange has finally launched after many regulatory hurdles and criticism from other exchanges.
  15. FA Relevant

    Why Advisors Should Focus on Roth 401(k)s

    The use of Roth 401(k) plans is slowly rising which means advisors need to stay educated about the latest rules.
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