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. Should You Roll Over Your 401(k)?
    Retirement

    Should You Roll Over Your 401(k)?

    Before moving your retirement funds into another account, consider your options.
  2. Are Return-Of-Premium Riders Worth It?
    Home & Auto

    Are Return-Of-Premium Riders Worth It?

    Find out if this policy coverage will add money to your pocket, or cost you in the long run.
  3. Introduction To Financial Planning Organizations
    Personal Finance

    Introduction To Financial Planning Organizations

    Organizations such as the FPA and NAPFA are striving to provide higher standards for the financial planning profession and greater protection for consumers through a combination of community programs, ...
  4. Top Companies That Manage 529 Plans
    Personal Finance

    Top Companies That Manage 529 Plans

    Planning to open a 529 plan? Check out our roundup of top-rated providers and what makes them special. Then see what works best for you.
  5. Benefits Of A SIMPLE IRA
    Retirement

    Benefits Of A SIMPLE IRA

    If you're at a small company, you may be offered a SIMPLE IRA retirement plan. Contribution limits are lower, but vesting is instant, with other benefits.
  6. Top 7 Estate Planning Mistakes
    Retirement

    Top 7 Estate Planning Mistakes

    Many people try to avoid this process altogether, making things difficult for heirs.
  7. Retirement: The One Thing Couples Shouldn't Do Together
    Retirement

    Retirement: The One Thing Couples Shouldn't Do Together

    Staggering retirement can have both financial and emotional benefits for married couples.
  8. Introduction To Growth Investing
    Investing Basics

    Introduction To Growth Investing

    There are principles and techniques that are applicable for many different types of investors and growth strategies.
  9. Insurance: Avoiding The Modified Endowment Contract Trap
    Insurance

    Insurance: Avoiding The Modified Endowment Contract Trap

    Congress has placed limits on the amount of money that can be put into life insurance policies - what can you do to counteract this?
  10. Using Life Insurance To Make Charitable Donations
    Home & Auto

    Using Life Insurance To Make Charitable Donations

    Your life insurance policy can be a great tool for charitable giving. Find out how.
  11. Introduction To Commercial Paper
    Bonds & Fixed Income

    Introduction To Commercial Paper

    Commercial paper is a short-term instrument that can be a viable alternative for retail fixed-income investors looking for a better rate of return on their money.
  12. State Laws Dictate Division Of Joint Property
    Retirement

    State Laws Dictate Division Of Joint Property

    In breakup, divorce or death, community or common law will determine how property is divided.
  13. 5 Lesser-Known Retirement And Benefit Plans
    Retirement

    5 Lesser-Known Retirement And Benefit Plans

    These plans aren't widely used, but they fill a specific niche for employees in certain situations.
  14. Trending Toward Asset-Based Management
    Insurance

    Trending Toward Asset-Based Management

    Will charging fees instead of commission increase your client base?
  15. Preparing Finances For Deployment: A Guide For Service Members
    Personal Finance

    Preparing Finances For Deployment: A Guide For Service Members

    Those who follow the instruction in this article can look forward to a homecoming of financial prosperity.
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