Chris Farrell

Columnist | Your Money
Chris Farrell is economics editor for American Public Media's weekly "Marketplace Money" show and author of "The New Frugality." He answers reader questions on most Sundays. Send questions to and put "Your Money" in the subject line.

Recent content from Chris Farrell

Unretirement: The exciting prospect of aging

Forget the dire demographics — the extra years in life expectancy are an opportunity we should embrace.

Updated: February 24, 2015, - 08:21 AM

Farrell: Stock index funds tend to be the smart choice

Q: The Wall Street Journal reports that in the past 10 years, stock index funds have almost doubled to 35...

Updated: February 21, 2015, - 02:00 PM

Farrell: Life annuity not for everyone, but worth a look

Q: I am a 66-year old, single female with about $473,000 in IRAs and 401(k)s. About one-third-plus are in targeted...

Updated: February 14, 2015, - 02:00 PM

Farrell: Be wary of using variable universal life policy to save for college

Q: My wife and I are in our mid-40s. We are pretty well off financially. … Our saving for retirement...

Updated: February 07, 2015, - 02:00 PM

Farrell: Finding a financial planner requires careful thought

Q: Any good ideas on how to go about finding a financial planner who won’t be working on some sort...

Updated: January 31, 2015, - 02:00 PM

Farrell: Three approaches to drawing down retirement savings

Q: I don’t understand why all of the financial experts recommend that retirees withdraw only 4 percent (or less) of...

Updated: January 17, 2015, - 05:09 PM

Farrell: College degree still pays off, but watch the debt

Last Monday I was on a media panel at the annual meeting of the Council of Independent Colleges’ 2015 Presidents...

Updated: January 10, 2015, - 02:00 PM

Farrell: Roth conversion requires tax payment analysis

Q: As a retired couple with income from a pension and Social Security, do we have the option of converting...

Updated: January 03, 2015, - 02:00 PM

Farrell: Reverse mortgages are worth another look

Q: My husband and I are 79 years old, retired, healthy and still living in our home. We have no...

Updated: December 20, 2014, - 02:00 PM

Farrell: The 'bucket strategy' for retirement

Q: I am an odd duck because I am retired with zero in bonds. I do not like them, and...

Updated: December 13, 2014, - 05:47 PM

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