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. Alternative Investments

    Collectibles as Investments: What to Buy?

    Collectibles can be a viable investment for those who do their homework but investors need to be aware of the potential pitfalls.
  2. Bonds / Fixed Income

    What Are L Bonds and How Do They Work?

    New on the scene, L bonds can provide fixed-income investors with a nice alternative to low-yielding offerings, but come with their own set of risks.
  3. Mutual Funds

    Why Chasing Mutual Fund Winners Can Be a Loser's Game

    Investors who chase winning mutual funds may end up shooting themselves in the foot.
  4. FA Profession

    Morningstar Adjusts Ratings for Some 529s Sold by Advisors

    Six of the nation’s 63 529 plans have been downgraded by Morningstar.
  5. Mutual Funds

    New Rule Prompts Some Active Management to Cut Fees

    American Funds has filed with the SEC to create a new share class with lower fees.
  6. FA Profession

    Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Must Now Justify the ...

    Following a court ruling, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is no longer an independent agency and must now justify the costs of its rules.
  7. FA Profession

    How Grey Divorce Can Hurt Women's Retirement More

    Research shows that divorce later in life is having a disproportionately higher financial impact on women than on men.
  8. FA Profession

    SEC to Increase Scrutiny of Registered Investment Advisors

    Recent growth in the number of RIAs has led the SEC to increase its oversight by hiring more examiners that will be assigned to monitor RIA activity.
  9. Retirement Savings

    6 Companies With the Best Retirement Plans

    Most employers don’t offer any type of retirement plan at all. But there are a few companies that still offer generous retirement benefits.
  10. Bonds / Fixed Income

    Taxable Bond Funds Saw Increased Inflows in September

    September was an exciting month for taxable bond funds as other assets saw their investments fluctuate.
  11. Investing

    What an Interest Rate Hike Means for REITS

    Would an interest rate hike negatively impact REITs in the long run?
  12. Choosing an Advisor

    Financial Advice Can Lead to Extra 3% Boost in Your Returns

    Studies show that advisors usually earn their keep by functioning as behavioral coaches for their clients rather than from active asset management.
  13. FA Profession

    $2 Trillion in Wealth Will Transfer Over Next 20 Years

    A new report reveals that 460 billionaires will transfer over $2 trillion of assets to their heirs during the next 20 years.
  14. FA Profession

    What to Know About the FINRA Elder Fraud Rule

    FINRA announced plans to file a new regulation with the SEC that is designed to help to curb the abuse of elderly clients—and a few others.
  15. ETFs

    Prudential is the Latest to Cut ETF Fees

    Prudential Investments has become the latest fund manager to cut ETF fees.
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