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. Retirement Savings

    Should Your 401(k) Be In An Annuity?

    Housing your retirement plan inside a variable annuity contract offers some big advantages, but only if you are close to ...
  2. Insurance

    8 Qualities That Make A Good Insurance Agent

    Insurance agents must possess each of the following qualities in order to be successful.
  3. FA Profession

    Breaking Down Financial Securities Licenses

    Find out which exam you need to begin your career as an investment professional.
  4. Retirement Savings

    Health-y Savings Accounts

    Health savings accounts (HSAs) can provide a great way to save for retirement and medical expenses.
  5. Retirement Savings

    Write Covered Calls To Increase Your IRA Income

    Covered calls may require more attention than bonds or mutual funds, but the payoffs can be worth the trouble.
  6. Retirement Savings

    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 ...
  7. Financial Technology

    What is Square, Inc?

    Find out how Square helps small businesses accept credit cards, track sales and inventory through their mobile point of sale ...
  8. Robo-Advisor

    Tax Tips for Deducting Investment Management Fees

    Investment expenses can be deducted from your taxes when three main criteria are met. Here's how they work to help you maximize ...
  9. Robo-Advisor

    25 Companies That Offer Robo-Advisor Services

    Here's a round-up of the most well-known robo-advisors and what they offer.
  10. Life Insurance

    Top 10 Life Insurance Myths

    The most difficult aspect of this complex product is determining how much coverage you need and why.
  11. Investing

    The Ethics of Investing

    The proper application of ethics to the world of investments is a highly subjective topic.
  12. FA Relevant

    Living and Death Benefit Riders: How Do They Work?

    Find out how living and death benefit riders work, and which type is right for you.
  13. Taxes

    The truth about IRS tax settlement firms

    Tax Settlement firms claim that they can reduce or even eliminate what you owe to the IRS. Find out the facts behind this ...
  14. Life Insurance

    Using Life Insurance to Make Charitable Donations

    Find out how your life insurance policy can be a great tool for charitable giving.
  15. Credit, Loans & Mortgages

    Top Student Loan Providers

    Many banks and institutions offer student loans, but some offer better deals than others. Read this list of top student loan ...
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