Chris Farrell

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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 cfarrell@mpr.org 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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