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

Chris Farrell: How to evaluate advice on your retirement portfolio mix

Q: At 48 I adopted my son, who is my only child. He just started college, and I’m paying tuition...

Updated: October 18, 2014, - 07:07 PM

Farrell: How to pay for the best financial planning advice

Q: Many experts recommend hiring fee-only financial planners. I get that a fee-only planner can be paid hourly or flat...

Updated: October 11, 2014, - 05:12 PM

PIMCO havoc makes the case for index funds

A Wall Street drama. A financial soap opera. Yes, the abrupt exit of bond king Bill Gross from the firm...

Updated: October 04, 2014, - 04:40 PM

Sept. 21: Farrell: Encore careers affect planning for retirement

Last week, I spent a few days in Phoenix thanks to Experience Matters. It’s a remarkable nonprofit that brings together...

Updated: September 20, 2014, - 05:09 PM

Farrell: Finding flexible college savings options

Q: My son asked me today, “You and mom have a savings account for our college, right?” I’m disappointed in...

Updated: September 13, 2014, - 04:25 PM

Farrell: What to do with bonds when the Fed eventually raises interest rates

Q: How do you answer the frequent questions these days about bonds? Our clients, like many, are concerned about the...

Updated: September 06, 2014, - 02:00 PM

Farrell: A quarter million per child? Yes ... and that's before college

“What is a cynic? A man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing,” wrote Oscar Wilde....

Updated: August 23, 2014, - 04:58 PM

Chris Farrell: Giving teaches all investors about true value

Remember the Crosby, Still & Nash song, “Teach your children well?’’When it comes to managing money, we’re all wondering how...

Updated: August 15, 2014, - 11:49 PM

Farrell: Taking 401(k) money before 59 ½ isn't a good idea

Q: Here’s the spot we are in. My wife had 28 ½ years in with a company and she was let...

Updated: August 09, 2014, - 02:00 PM

Farrell: 80 years old and still investing for the long term

Q: My wife and I, both 80, are comfortably retired with no debts. We do everything we aspire to including...

Updated: August 02, 2014, - 02:00 PM

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