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. Investing Strategy

    Don’t Chase Active Management High Performers

    Actively-managed funds that outperform the markets often struggle to stay on top.
  2. Retirement

    California Readies State-Sponsored Retirement Plan

    California is aiming to be the next state to roll out a state-sponsored retirement plan.
  3. Investing Strategy

    El-Erian: Low Rates Lead to Excessive Risk-Taking

    Mohamed El-Erian, chief economic advisor for Allianz, believes low interest rates could cause some investors seeking higher yield to take excessive risks.
  4. FA Profession

    Edward Jones, Morgan Stanley Face 401(k) Fee Suits

    Edward Jones and Morgan Stanley have become the latest financial services firms to be hit with lawsuits alleging their 401(k) plans charged excessive fees.
  5. Investing Strategy

    Are Rallying Junk Bonds Good News for Stocks?

    The recent performance of junk bonds could indicate that the markets may continue to rise for the time being.
  6. FA Profession

    Talking to Clients Who Think Stocks Are in a Bubble

    Here's what to tell clients who think that the market is in bubble territory.
  7. FA Profession

    Emerging Markets: What Advisors Should Tell Clients

    Is this the right time to invest clients’ money into emerging markets?
  8. FA Profession

    SEC Enforcement Actions Dip Below 2015 Record

    The number of enforcement actions brought by the SEC this year is below the record in 2015.
  9. FA Profession

    Why Fiduciary Rule Revisions are Rankling Advisors

    The final version of the fiduciary rule contained several revisions that now appear to be less beneficial to advisors than many expected.
  10. FA Relevant

    How Life Insurance Settlements Are Evolving

    The life insurance industry marches forward by offering more ways that consumers can access the death benefits in their policies. Here's one of the newest.
  11. Credit, Loans & Mortgages

    CFPB Targets Discriminatory Lending Practices

    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is sending mystery shoppers into banks to uncover discriminatory lending practices.
  12. Mutual Funds

    Rule Change Prompts Money Market Fund Swaps

    Rules designed to prevent runs on money market funds only apply to some. So investors are moving their money out.
  13. FA Relevant

    Income vs. Total Return: Withdrawals Reconsidered

    Here is what needs to be considered when deciding between an income or total return approach to withdrawals.
  14. FA Profession

    Why Consumers are Skeptical of Financial Advisors

    Advisors find themselves facing major obstacles when it comes to gaining their clients’ trust. Here's why.
  15. FA Relevant

    Vanguard Preps to Enter Active ETF Arena

    Vanguard has filed with the SEC to launch actively-managed ETFs, a first for the index fund giant.
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