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. Federal Tax Brackets
    Taxes

    Federal Tax Brackets

    Why do we have income tax brackets? What do they do for us? Read this to understand the basics and where to find your own bracket.
  2. Perkins Loan Vs. Stafford Loan
    Credit & Loans

    Perkins Loan Vs. Stafford Loan

    If you qualify for both of these student loans – a Stafford and a Perkins – which one should you try to get? It depends on your income and education level.
  3. Stafford Loan Limits
    Credit & Loans

    Stafford Loan Limits

    How much you can borrow with a Stafford loan depends on your grade level in college, whether you're an undergraduate or grad student, and other key factors.
  4. Disadvantages Of Stafford Loans
    Savings

    Disadvantages Of Stafford Loans

    Stafford loans are popular ways to get federal help with college costs. However, they do have some drawbacks, especially for graduate students.
  5. Benefits Of Stafford Loans
    Credit & Loans

    Benefits Of Stafford Loans

    Stafford loans are the most popular federal student loans. This list of benefits will explain why.
  6. Direct Stafford Loans
    Credit & Loans

    Direct Stafford Loans

    Stafford loans are the most popular type of federal student loan. Read this guide to the types you can get, how much you can borrow and repayment options.
  7. Stafford Loans: Subsidized Vs. Unsubsidized
    Credit & Loans

    Stafford Loans: Subsidized Vs. Unsubsidized

    Before you take out federal student aid, learn the difference between these two types of Stafford loan. It could save you a chunk of money.
  8. Using Money Orders
    Budgeting

    Using Money Orders

    Money orders are usually the least expensive way to send "cleared" funds to pay a bill (or traffic ticket). Here's how they work and what to watch out for.
  9. 5 Services To Usher In New Clients
    Professionals

    5 Services To Usher In New Clients

    Discover ways in which advisors are increasingly choosing to promote their businesses.
  10. Should You Convert Your IRA?
    Retirement

    Should You Convert Your IRA?

    Discover the factors you must weigh to make this decision.
  11. Top 6 Ways To Recession-Proof Your Job
    Personal Finance

    Top 6 Ways To Recession-Proof Your Job

    In a recession, financial industry personnel are often hit hard. Find out how to avoid getting the ax.
  12. The Ethics Of Investing
    Investing Basics

    The Ethics Of Investing

    The proper application of ethics to the world of investments is a highly subjective topic.
  13. Everything You Should Know About Corporate-Owned Life Insurance
    Insurance

    Everything You Should Know About Corporate-Owned Life Insurance

    This type of insurance is a policy taken out on you by your company. Read on to find what it's all about.
  14. Deducting Disaster: Casualty And Theft Losses
    Taxes

    Deducting Disaster: Casualty And Theft Losses

    If you've been a victim, your losses may be deductible. Find out how.
  15. Tired Of Banks? Try A Credit Union
    Retirement

    Tired Of Banks? Try A Credit Union

    These nonprofit organizations can provide a range of services for lower fees.
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