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 Protecting Clients from Scammers

    Predators now have more access to vulnerable clients than ever before; advisors should communicate with clients to better spot potential scams.
  2. Professionals

    How Advisors Can Help When a Service Member Dies

    Finances are probably last thing that survivors of our nation’s deceased service members want to deal with. Here's what advisors can do to help.
  3. Professionals

    5 Ways to Mess Up Estate Planning

    There are several ways to make an estate plan defective, most of which can be easily avoided by periodic plan reviews.
  4. Professionals

    Top Digital-Age Tips for Financial Advisors

    The top ways financial advisors can leverage the tools of the digital age.
  5. Professionals

    Top Reasons Why Advisors Should Go RIA

    The top reasons why advisors should go RIA only.
  6. Professionals

    Top Retirement Planning Tips for Same-Sex Couples

    Financial advisors who work with same-sex couples need to be aware of these key factors to provide effective advice.
  7. Economics

    Understanding Interest Rates: Nominal, Real And Effective

    Interest rates can be broken down into several subcategories that incorporate various factors such as inflation. Smart investors know to look beyond the nominal or coupon rate of a bond or loan to see ...
  8. Professionals

    6 Tech Trends Advisors Must Stay Ahead Of

    Mobility, security, freedom and integration are the new objectives that most modern financial advisory firms are shooting for in the digital age.
  9. Professionals

    New Tax Pitfalls to Avoid

    Although the normal litany of adjustments have been made to the tax code, there are several more unique issues that taxpayers must contend with.
  10. Professionals

    Tips for Addressing a Client's Mental State

    Advisors and therapists need to recognize their limitations when it comes to dealing with clients and patients on matters that straddle both arenas.
  11. Professionals

    Due Diligence Tips for Investing in Alternatives

    Alternative investments can provide unique benefits to clients for whom they are suitable. But do your due diligence and beware of the risks.
  12. Professionals

    Beware: These Bond Funds Act Like Stocks

    Beware of bond funds that act like stocks.
  13. Professionals

    Top Retirement Planning Tips for Singles

    Single clients often face an uphill battle when it comes to retirement planning. Here are some tips to get them on the right path.
  14. Professionals

    Tips for Parent/Child Financial Advisor Teams

    Bringing your children on to your practice can be a good idea, but take care to prevent possible friction between you, your kids and members of your firm.
  15. Forex Strategies

    The 10 Riskiest Investments

    Investors seeking high returns must also be prepared for high risk. Here are ten of the riskiest investments available.
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