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. Trading Strategy

    Which Order to Use? Stop-Loss or Stop-Limit Order

    While both can provide protection for traders, stop-loss orders guarantee execution, while stop-limit orders guarantee price.
  2. Investing Strategy

    The Best Investments For Young People

    Young investors today who wish to begin a savings plan face a bewildering array of investment options.
  3. Financial Analysis

    Income, Value and Growth Stocks

    Investors who buy stocks generally seek one of three criteria: undervalued holdings, growth potential or steady income. The ...
  4. Investing Strategy

    A Beginner's Guide to Growth Investing

    Learn growth investing strategies and techniques across asset types. Find out how to research and analyze key fundamental ...
  5. FA Profession

    SRI Funds and Your 401(k): What You Need to Know

    Socially responsible, green and impact investing options are now DoL-approved for 401(k) plans. Here's what investors should ...
  6. Retirement Savings

    5 Investments You Can't Hold in an IRA/Qualified Plan

    The list of prohibited investment vehicles is short, but it's important to know what is off limits.
  7. Tax Deductions / Credits

    Insurance-based Tax Deductions You May Be Missing

    Knowing the tax deductions you're entitled to can make or break your bank account. Do you know about all these insurance-related ...
  8. FA Relevant

    Living And Death Benefit Riders: How Do They Work?

    Find out how these different riders work, and which type is right for you.
  9. Retirement Living

    Divorcing? The Right Way to Split Retirement Plans

    Mishandling how you define and allocate retirement-plan assets in a divorce can cost you plenty in taxes and aggravation. ...
  10. Bonds / Fixed Income

    Taxation rules for bond investors

    To sum-up there are three types of bonds government bonds, municipal bonds, and corporate bonds. Find out how each of these ...
  11. Retirement Savings

    Breaking Down the TSP Investment Funds

    For investors seeking growth, income and capital preservation, the Thrift Savings Plan offered by the U.S. government is ...
  12. Real Estate

    The Basics of REIT Taxation

    The unique tax advantages offered by real estate investment trusts (REITs) can translate into superior yields.
  13. Investing Strategy

    7 Simple Strategies for Growing Your Portfolio

    There are many ways to grow the value of a portfolio. These seven tried-and-true methods to increase returns have been used ...
  14. Laws & Regulations

    The History Of Unions In The United States

    Although the overall power of labor unions may not be what it once was, they still maintain a great deal of influence in ...
  15. Career / Compensation

    Introduction to Phantom Stock and SARs

    Phantom stock and stock appreciation rights reward employees with compensation tied to stock performance.
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