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. Professionals

    Tips for The Reality of a Working Retirement

    Working during retirement probably doesn’t sound appealing but there are options on how to go about it.
  2. Professionals

    Financial Planning Tips And Resources For Veterans

    Veterans or all kinds have special needs when it comes to financial planning. Here are some tips as well as a comprehensive list of online resources.
  3. Professionals

    Immediate Annuities: What To Watch Out For

    Immediate annuities can provide substantially higher monthly payouts than other fixed-income instruments, but also have some key limitations.
  4. Professionals

    Time For A Year-End Client Risk Checkup

    The end of the year is a good time to assess your clients' portfolio risk profiles and tolerances.
  5. Professionals

    Alert! Last Chance To Max Out Your Retirement Plan

    The end of the year marks the last chance for savers to maximize contributions to their 401(k), 403(b) and other retirement savings plans.
  6. Savings

    Money Lessons From Disney's Scrooge McDuck

    Forbes magazine ranked Scrooge McDuck as the richest fictional character in the world in 2013 with a net worth of $65.4 billion. We can learn valuable lessons from the principles and strategies he has ...
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. Credit & Loans

    Benefits Of Stafford Loans

    Stafford loans are the most popular federal student loans. This list of benefits will explain why.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
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