Mark Cussen

Mark Cussen

Expertise: Life insurance, Annuities, Retirement planning, Tax planning
Title: Freelance Personal Finance Writer
Education: University of Kansas
Location: Overland Park, Kansas


  • Expert consultant in life insurance, annuities, and retirement with 16 years of experience
  • Articles have been published on The Balance, Investopedia, and Money Crashers
  • Currently provides financial planning services to government employees


Mark Cussen has been educating people on the subjects of life insurance, annuities, and retirement for more than 16 years. Over the past two decades, he's developed expertise as a 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.

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