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. Savings

    Interest Rates and Your 401(k): How They Tango

    Here's how a rise in interest rates will likely impact your 401(k).
  2. Investing Basics

    Got Dividends? Here's How to Reinvest Them

    Reinvesting dividends is almost always a good idea if you intend to hold your shares for the long term, and there are several ways to do it.
  3. Taxes

    Top Tax Tips to Deduct Investment Management Fees

    Investment expenses can be deducted by those who meet three main criteria. Here's what they are and how they work.
  4. Investing

    How to Protect IRAs from Higher Interest Rates

    Rising interest rates don’t have to translate into investment losses in an IRA. Here's how you can protect your investments.
  5. Budgeting

    How to Defray Long-Term Care Expenses

    Here's a handful of options on what you can do to defray long-term care expenses.
  6. Budgeting

    The True Cost of Home Caregiving

    Caring for eldery family in-home might be unavoidable, but most caregivers don't realize the true cost of doing so.
  7. Professionals

    Target-Date vs. Index Funds: Is One Better?

    Target-date and index funds are difficult to compare because they differ in both structure and objective, though investors can compare two specific funds.
  8. Investing Basics

    Top 3 Ways to Manage Lump-Sum Windfalls

    Have you just had a load of money drop into your lap? If so, several enviable options are available to you. Which one is the best choice?
  9. Investing Basics

    Is Your Broker Churning Your Account?

    Is your broker churning your account to generate fees? Here's how to know and what recourse you have.
  10. Professionals

    What Does an Ideal Retirement Portfolio Look Like?

    The "ideal" portfolio can differ from one investor to another depending on many factors, but some themes hold true no matter what.
  11. Investing

    How to Protect Your Retirement After a Divorce

    Divorce is never fun, but knowing the rules and anticipating the impact of retirement plan division and pension payouts can make things easier.
  12. Brokers

    A Day in the Life of a Financial Advisor

    Financial advisors do a lot more than just manage portfolios, including prospecting, marketing, client servicing, compliance and administration.
  13. Professionals

    Value or Growth Stocks: Which is Best?

    The answer to the age-old growth versus value debate depends on a number of factors. Here's what to consider.
  14. Insurance

    Tips for Insuring Your Salary

    Those with high incomes really can’t afford to be without disability insurance. Here's why.
  15. Retirement

    401(k) Rollovers: The Tax Implications

    The tax rules for 401(k) rollovers can be simple or more complex, depending on which path you take.
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