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. Credit & Loans

    A FICO-free Loan? See SoFi's Super Bowl Ad

    Non-bank lender SoFi will air its first TV ad during Super Bowl 50. Here's how it's challenging big banks by providing an alternative approach to loans.
  2. Your Practice

    How Do Edward Jones and Merrill Lynch Compare?

    Merrill Lynch and Edward Jones have both been around for decades, but they approach business very differently. Here's the lowdown on how they compare.
  3. Products and Investments

    Cash Value vs Term Life Insurance: Which is Best?

    The debate between cash value life insurance and term insurance plus an investment plan is an ongoing one. Here's a look at both sides of the argument.
  4. Your Clients

    How Advisors Can Make the Most Out of Volatility

    Advisors can use market volatility as an opportunity to enhance their value to their clients and grow their practice. Here's how.
  5. Products and Investments

    SRI Funds and Your 401(k): What You Need to Know

    Socially responsible, green and impact investing options are now DoL-approved for 401(k) plans. Here's what investors should know.
  6. Your Clients

    When to Trust a Revocable Trust

    Unsure of how your assets will be dispersed once you're gone? Here's how setting up a revocable trust while you're here can be a big benefit.
  7. Investing Basics

    What Long-Term Investing Should Mean to You

    Long-term investing is relative depending on many things, but really, how long is it? We take a look back to try and find the answer.
  8. Your Clients

    Top Financial Events Impacting Clients in 2016

    These events in the financial services industry will have a significant impact on clients.
  9. Your Clients

    Solo 401(k) vs. SEP: Which is Best for Biz Owners?

    Owners of small businesses have several choices when it comes to saving for retirement. When does it make sense to choose a Solo versus SEP plan?
  10. Your Clients

    Medicare: Reducing Income for the Right Reasons

    The higher your income the higher your surcharges on Medicare payments. Find ways to reduce income and reduce payments via insurance or annuity products.
  11. Philanthropy

    How Billionaires Around the Globe Give Back

    This list of foreign billionaire philanthropists is robust. Here's a list of rich entrepreneurs around the globe who have given back in really big ways.
  12. Your Clients

    Events in 2016 That'll Alter Your Retirement Plans

    Retirement savers who are trying to see what lies ahead can expect these changes affecting their retirement plans in 2016.
  13. Products and Investments

    How to Hedge Longevity Risk with Annuities

    Many Americans are looking for guaranteed retirement income that will last as long as they will. Here's how immediate annuities do just that.
  14. Products and Investments

    The Best Free Mutual Fund Research Providers

    There is no lack of information for advisors on mutual funds. Getting the right sources (at the right price) can be as easy as a few clicks away.
  15. Products and Investments

    An Annuity Lowdown for Investors and Advisors

    Knowing how annuities work starts with an explanation of what each part is. Here is a list of terms that cover the basic aspects of annuities.
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