Mark Cussen

Mark Cussen

Life insurance, Annuities, Retirement planning, Tax planning
Freelance Personal Finance Writer
University of Kansas


  • Has been writing about, as well as offering consulting services in, life insurance, annuities, and retirement for more than 16 years
  • Certified financial planner since 2001
  • Does income and financial planning for government employees using life insurance and annuities


Mark Cussen is a certified financial planner (CFP) who has been educating people on the subjects of life insurance, annuities, and retirement for more than 16 years. He has worked for many companies over the course of the past two decades, serving as a tax professional, financial counselor, estate planning guide, and more. All the while, he has written about tax preparation and life insurance for The Balance, as well as other finance sites like Money Crashers and Investopedia.

Mark currently continues to freelance, and is also a member of the Estate Planning Team, which is a membership group of legal and financial service professionals dedicated to helping people preserve their wealth and protect their estates. In the past, he has provided financial services counseling and educational training to many people, including specifically military service members.


Mark Cussen received a Bachelor's of Science from the University of Kansas. He is also a certified financial planner (CFP) and is a registered Chartered Mutual Fund Counselor (CMFC).