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. Social Security

    How Seniors Are Seeing the End of File and Suspend

    Many seniors see the end of two Social Security claiming strategy loopholes as unnecessary benefit cuts.
  2. Insurance

    How Smart Technology Is Impacting Insurers

    Smart technology promises to bring major change to the way that insurers monitor and protect their customers.
  3. FA Profession

    Ready for the Fiduciary Rule? You Should Be

    Despite the opposition it faces, advisors should still plan to comply with the fiduciary rule. Here's why.
  4. Taxes

    Trump's Tax Cuts Not Just for Wealthy: Mnuchin

    Trump’s new Treasury secretary says tax cuts will benefit the middle class more than the wealthy.
  5. 401(k)

    Your 401(k) Plan: Just How Outdated Is It?

    A recent GAO report indicates that many 401(k) plans are still clinging to archaic rules that hinder plan participants’ ability to save.
  6. FA Profession

    Why Goals-Based Investing Deserves Your Attention

    Advisors need to be willing to make changes in their management styles and other business practices to stay current and relevant for their clients.
  7. Investing

    Expect Big Capital Gains from These Funds in 2016

    Investors in actively-managed mutual funds should be prepared for big capital gains in 2016 and the tax hit that comes with them.
  8. FA Profession

    Advisors to Up Tech, Compliance Spending in 2017

    Many advisors plan to spend more on technology, compliance and marketing in 2017, according to a recent survey.
  9. FA Profession

    Indie BDs: Trump Should Drop the Fiduciary Rule

    A majority of independent broker-dealers want Trump to repeal the fiduciary rule, a recent survey reveals.
  10. Women & Money

    Why Are So Few Women in Investing?

    Women asset managers are more likely to be a CFA and tend to outperform. So why are there so few women in the asset management business?
  11. 401(k)

    PBGC to Start Reuniting Lost 401(k)s With Owners

    The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation will extend its program to recover lost pension plans to include defined contribution plans like 401(k)s.
  12. FA Profession

    Lawsuits Aim to Overturn DOL's Fiduciary Rule

    Five lawsuits have aimed to overturn the DOL fiduciary rule introduced earlier this year. This is an overview of the complaints raised in each suit.
  13. Insurance

    How Allstate Is Expanding With SquareTrade Acquisition

    Allstate is branching out into new territory with its acquisition of electronics warranty provider SquareTrade.
  14. Taxes

    Six Ways Your Tax Preparer Knows You're Lying

    An experienced tax preparer can sense when a client is lying. Find out what sets off their lie detectors.
  15. Taxes

    An Overview of Itemized Deductions

    Not taking the standard deduction this year could save you hundreds of dollars.
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