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. 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 ...
  2. Trading Instruments

    What is an Iron Butterfly Option Strategy?

    The iron butterfly options play can generate profits for market players who believe there will be minimal price movement ...
  3. FA Profession

    Advisors Falling Short on Succession Planning

    A Fidelity study reveals that many advisors have not taken steps to implement a clear succession plan.
  4. Tax Deductions / Credits

    Insurance-based Tax Deductions You May Be Missing

    Do you know about all these insurance-related deductions? Knowing the tax deductions you're entitled to can make or break ...
  5. Career / Compensation

    Top 4 financial jobs you can do from home

    You don't have to go to an office to make a great salary in the financial sector. Here are some of the highest paying financial ...
  6. FA Profession

    Start Your Own Financial Planning Firm

    Read on to learn how to make your owning a financial planning firm dream a reality.
  7. Insurance

    Understanding the Insurance Transfer-for-Value Rule

    If you are banking on your life insurance payout being tax-free, you may be in for a surprise.
  8. Financial Analysis

    Income, Value and Growth Stocks

    Investors who buy stocks generally seek one of three criteria: undervalued holdings, growth potential or steady income.
  9. Career / Compensation

    How to Keep Up With Your Continuing Education

    Learn about the four continuing education (CE) requirements for financial professionals and how successful completion ensures ...
  10. Retirement Living

    Journey through the 6 stages of retirement

    Learn about the 6 stages of retirement, and why financial planning is important, but emotional planning is the key to retiree ...
  11. 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.
  12. Taxes

    Tax Tips For Financial Advisors

    Self-employed advisors have a number of unique expenses, but the tax benefits often compensate for the financial burdens. ...
  13. Debt

    Why Advisors Say Debt Isn’t Always a Bad Thing

    When managed properly, debt can be used to achieve a higher overall rate of return.
  14. Budgeting & Savings

    3 Alternative Budgeting Styles: Which One Suits You?

    Not everyone is cut out for online or heavily-involved budgeting. Here are some budgeting solutions.
  15. Choosing an Advisor

    Why Johnny Depp and Mike Tyson Sued their Advisors

    We may not be victimized A-listers, but what can we learn from their mistakes?
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