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

Farrell: 50% solution for financing college can be tweaked

Q: We have a 13-year-old and an 11-year-old, and have been saving for their college since they were born. Our...

Updated: July 19, 2014, - 02:00 PM

Farrell: Your time horizon is critical in a strategy to hedge inflation

Q: What is your view on the never-before-experienced impact of so many global central banks pouring new money into the...

Updated: July 12, 2014, - 04:57 PM

Farrell: Complex tax strategies call for due diligence

Q: My wife and I are retired boomers with decent defined-benefit pensions. We don’t really need the money in our...

Updated: July 05, 2014, - 02:00 PM

Farrell: Planning a financial reset in three stages

Q: I don’t have wealth and have a lot of debt from a business that has been draining my personal...

Updated: June 21, 2014, - 04:52 PM

Chris Farrell: Boomers and millennials share goals and bonds

I was a guest lecturer recently at an advanced undergraduate finance class at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. The students...

Updated: June 14, 2014, - 02:00 PM

Farrell: Finding an executor takes legwork, trust and money

Q: How do we find an honest and reliable institution to administer our estate after our passing? We do not...

Updated: June 07, 2014, - 05:03 PM

Farrell: Rent or own? Which is best in a senior cooperative?

Q: I am very interested in senior cooperative housing and have my name on a waiting list. I am 65...

Updated: May 31, 2014, - 02:00 PM

Farrell: Tapping 401(k) is unwise because of tax bite

Q: I recently took a new job with another company and now have a 401(k) at the old employer worth...

Updated: May 17, 2014, - 04:52 PM

Chris Farrell: Hunting for a CFP requires research and diligence

Q: My husband and I are 67 and both still working, but need assistance to start thinking about a retirement...

Updated: May 10, 2014, - 02:00 PM

Farrell: Financial literacy equals optimism

On Wednesday I participated in Minnesota Jump$tart’s annual event at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Minnesota Jump$tart is part...

Updated: May 03, 2014, - 04:20 PM

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