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. FA Profession

    Why Advisors Will Be Key in a Low-Return World

    The human factor in an advisory relationship should be strong enough to override market and portfolio performance, giving clients exactly what they need.
  2. ETFs

    Fidelity Expanding Its Smart Beta ETF Offerings

    Here's a look at six new smart beta ETFs from Fidelity.
  3. ETFs

    ETFs That Will Benefit from New Money Market Rules

    The new level of instability in money market funds may represent an opportunity for certain ETFs that seek to provide investors with safety and stability.
  4. FA Profession

    A New Way for Advisors to Show They're Accountable

    There's a new program for advisors that provides a way for them to demonstrate they'll adhere to a fiduciary standard when dealing with clients.
  5. ETFs

    New Active ETF Ties Manager's Fees to Performance

    AdvisorShares recently launched a new exchange-traded fund (ETF) that aligns the portfolio manager’s compensation with the fund's performance.
  6. FA Profession

    How the Rich Like Their Robo-Advisors

    Most high-net-worth investors, those with at least $1 million to invest are choosing to use both humans and robos to manage their money.
  7. FA Profession

    Advisors-Turned-Fiduciaries: Insurance You'll Need

    The DoL rules provide a new structure under which advisors can be held liable for any failure in this area. Advisors are wise to consider other insurance.
  8. Bonds / Fixed Income

    Verizon Selling Bonds Backed by Cell Phone Bills

    Verizon became the first cell phone carrier to issue a bond that is backed directly by its outstanding bills to its cell phone customers.
  9. FA Profession

    FINRA Fines Ameriprise Over Forgery Scam

    Ameriprise is hit with $850K fine in case involving forgery, wire transfers and evidence left in a trashcan.
  10. Financial Advisor

    RIA M&As Approaching Record Levels

    The number of mergers and acquisitions among RIAs is on track to set a record in 2016.
  11. High Net Worth Strategy

    Wealthy Turn to Private Equity for Higher Yields

    In a low interest rate environment, wealthy investors are turning to private equity for higher yield.
  12. Stocks

    The Most Volatile Time for Stocks? Sept. and Oct.

    September and October have historically been the two most volatile months for stocks, which some advisors see as an opportunity.
  13. Bonds / Fixed Income

    Are Junk Bonds the New Equities?

    Many investors have begun to treat junk bonds like stocks. Is this a sound strategy?
  14. FA Profession

    Advisor Revenues: High, but Growing Slowly in 2015

    Independent firms that provide financial advice saw huge revenue last year, but growth has slowed down to its lowest level since the financial crisis.
  15. FA Profession

    Betterment Expands, Reaching for More Advisors

    Robo-advisor Betterment recently announced that it is going to start offering additional investment options to its advisor platform.
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