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. Year-end tax tips
    Taxes

    7 Ways To Minimize Your 2014 Taxes By December 31

    The year's not quite over yet. See whether taking any of these steps would leave you owing less in 2014 taxes, come April.
  2. An article explaining the Federal Tax Brackets, how and why they were stablished, what is the logic behind them and where an user can find the most current ones
    Taxes

    Federal Tax Brackets

    Why do we have income tax brackets? What do they do for us? Read this to understand the basics and where to find your own bracket.
  3. undestanding the main differences and similitudes between a perkins loan and stafford loan
    Credit & Loans

    Perkins Loan Vs. Stafford Loan

    If you qualify for both of these student loans – a Stafford and a Perkins – which one should you try to get? It depends on your income and education level.
  4. A short article explaining the stafford loan limits in detail
    Credit & Loans

    Stafford Loan Limits

    How much you can borrow with a Stafford loan depends on your grade level in college, whether you're an undergraduate or grad student, and other key factors.
  5. Top 3-10 Disadvantages or limits placed on Stafford loans
    Savings

    Disadvantages Of Stafford Loans

    Stafford loans are popular ways to get federal help with college costs. However, they do have some drawbacks, especially for graduate students.
  6. Top 3-10 advantages or benefits of a stafford loan with a brief description of each one of them.
    Credit & Loans

    Benefits Of Stafford Loans

    Stafford loans are the most popular federal student loans. This list of benefits will explain why.
  7. Understanding what a stafford loan is, who can get it, how to apply, elegibility, how to pay it back.
    Credit & Loans

    Direct Stafford Loans

    Stafford loans are the most popular type of federal student loan. Read this guide to the types you can get, how much you can borrow and repayment options.
  8. A brief article comparing the pros and cons of subsidized vs unsubsidized stafford loans and what an individual should take into account before getting either one
    Credit & Loans

    Stafford Loans: Subsidized Vs. Unsubsidized

    Before you take out federal student aid, learn the difference between these two types of Stafford loan. It could save you a chunk of money.
  9. How money orders work, why the exist, what type of business uses them ,what are its pros and cons
    Budgeting

    Using Money Orders

    Money orders are usually the least expensive way to send "cleared" funds to pay a bill (or traffic ticket). Here's how they work and what to watch out for.
  10. Professionals

    5 Services To Usher In New Clients

    Discover ways in which advisors are increasingly choosing to promote their businesses.
  11. Retirement

    Should You Convert Your IRA?

    Discover the factors you must weigh to make this decision.
  12. Personal Finance

    Top 6 Ways To Recession-Proof Your Job

    In a recession, financial industry personnel are often hit hard. Find out how to avoid getting the ax.
  13. Investing Basics

    The Ethics Of Investing

    The proper application of ethics to the world of investments is a highly subjective topic.
  14. Insurance

    Everything You Should Know About Corporate-Owned Life Insurance

    This type of insurance is a policy taken out on you by your company. Read on to find what it's all about.
  15. Taxes

    Deducting Disaster: Casualty And Theft Losses

    If you've been a victim, your losses may be deductible. Find out how.
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