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. Laws & Regulations

    New Social Security Bill Raises Payroll Tax Cap

    Social Security needs to fixed, and a Republican-led bill aims to do just that by raising taxes and the retirement age—distasteful moves to both parties.
  2. Insurance & Health

    Long-Term Care Policies Are Falling Out Of Favor

    Americans are buying fewer long-term care insurance policies. In response to this trend, the LTC industry is offering new hybrid life insurance products.
  3. Retirement Planning

    How can I fund A Roth IRA if my income is too high to make ...

    Roth IRAs are not available to you if you are a high income earner – unless you use the following strategy.
  4. FA Profession

    How Advisors Can Hang Onto Their Bottom Lines

    A new report reveals a handful of obstacles financial advisors are about to face and gives suggestions on how they can adapt.
  5. FA Profession

    DOL Rule Driving Software Enhancements

    In the wake of the DOL fiduciary rule, software providers are updating and expanding their offerings to help financial advisors comply with the regulation.
  6. Insurance & Health

    Top 10 Life Insurance Myths

    The most difficult aspect of this complex product is determining how much coverage you need and why.
  7. Tech Insights

    Fidelity Launches Retail Robo-Advisor Fidelity Go

    Fidelity becomes the latest big name to enter the robo-advisor field with the launch of its retail robo-advisor offering.
  8. FA Profession

    The Lure of Going Independent for Advisors

    While many advisors are happy working at brand-name wirehouses, a large percentage of them have left these firms in search of greater freedom.
  9. Retirement Planning

    Rising Debt Hindering Boomers' Retirement Plans

    Boomers in pre-retirement and retirement are grappling with debt more than previous generations, which is impacting their retirement preparedness.
  10. FA Profession

    Low Rates Force Advisors to Rebuild Bond Ladders

    Prolonged low interest rates have some advisors taking a new approach with their bond-laddering strategies.
  11. FA Profession

    Why Advisors Need to Offer ESG Strategies

    Advisors who ignore environmental, social and governance investing do so at their peril, particularly those who work with women and/or younger clients.
  12. FA Profession

    Money Habits Of The Millennials

    Millennials are facing the bleakest financial future of any generation in decades, and are not likely to enjoy the same standard of living as their parents did. Their spending and investing habits are ...
  13. FA Relevant

    Why Fee-Based Variable Annuities Are Coming Back

    The DOL rule may lead to sweeping changes in the retirement planning industry, and there will likely be more use of fee-based annuity products. Here's why.
  14. FA Profession

    Crowdfunding: What Advisors and Clients Must Know

    Now even the most elementary investor can take a stake in a startup via a crowdfuding platform. Does that mean they should?
  15. Investing Strategy

    Why Advisors Love This Non-Traded REIT

    A new type of non-traded REIT is attracting advisors and investors. This is a breakdown of the unique way in which the REIT makes money.
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