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. 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 ...
  2. Taxes

    The Truth About IRS Tax Settlement Firms

    These companies claim that they can reduce or even eliminate what you owe to the IRS. Find out the facts behind this alluring ...
  3. Taxes

    Form 9465: Don't Pay Your Back Taxes Without It

    This form can lighten your tax load if you owe Uncle Sam. And you can often apply online.
  4. Taxes

    An Overview of Itemized Deductions

    Itemized deductions will mostly stay the same for 2017 tax year (medical deductions improve under the new tax bill). Big ...
  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. Managing Wealth

    Revocable Trusts 101: How They Work

    Unsure how your assets will be dispersed once you're gone? Here's a revocable trust can help.
  7. 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 ...
  8. 401(k)

    How Higher Interest Rates Impact Your 401(k)

    Here's how a rise in interest rates will likely impact results in your 401(k).
  9. Senior Care

    Financial Planners: Specialize in Seniors

    This demographic has all the needs to keep your financial planner firm busy year-round.
  10. Managing Wealth

    Variable Annuities: The Pros and Cons

    Variable annuities are one of the most complicated financial instruments—weighing the pros and cons.
  11. Bonds / Fixed Income

    Introduction to Treasury Securities

    Purchasing Treasury securities backed by the U.S. government, and knowing their characteristics, can provide a steady guaranteed ...
  12. Bonds / Fixed Income

    How To Prepare For Rising Interest Rates

    Get to know the basic, time-tested strategies that any investor or trader can use to prepare and profit in a rising interest ...
  13. Exam Prep

    The Key to CFP Exam Success

    Up to 60 of the questions on CFP exam are case studies. Are you up for the challenge?
  14. FA Profession

    How ESG, SRI and Impact Funds Differ

    These are the differences between socially-dimensioned investments, which are an increasingly popular choice among investors. ...
  15. FA Relevant

    Should You Add A Securities License To Your Qualifications?

    Clients love planners who sell securities, but a securities license takes a lot of work. Learn if the stress and study are ...
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