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

Understanding tradeoffs is key to strategy

QI'm selling my house and buying a new one, something of an upgrade. I'll have about $100,000 left from my sale, and the new house is $250,000. I earn $90,000, I don't have much other debt, but my retirement savings are not great.

Updated: May 05, 2012, - 03:37 PM

April is a good time to reflect on tax policy

Ah, it was down to the wire with my taxes.

Updated: April 24, 2012, - 10:41 PM

Retirement fund keys: Work longer, start saving earlier

Investing dominates most discussions of retirement planning. How much are you saving in your 401(k), 403(b) and similar retirement savings plans? What's your asset allocation in the portfolio, your mix of stocks, bonds, and cash?

Updated: April 14, 2012, - 04:42 PM

Farrell: Playing a market hunch? Limit your bet to 10 percent

Q It sounds like you are a believer in Standard & Poor's index funds because of the fees. Is that correct, and if so, do you recommend any in particular? I have heard that Vanguard is good, and they charge 0.17 percent. 

Updated: April 07, 2012, - 09:34 PM

Long-term care insurance decision takes research

Q My husband is 63 and I am 62 and we are starting to look into buying long-term care insurance. The annual premium really is quite expensive. I was wondering if you had any words of wisdom for us.

Updated: March 31, 2012, - 05:13 PM

Much to weigh before investing in annuities

In recent weeks we've gotten a number of questions about annuities. The annuity market is a complex universe with seemingly countless variations and shades of products. I thought it would be useful to lay out a perspective on annuities in this column.

Updated: March 17, 2012, - 03:37 PM

DIY will kits get you started on vital task

QThank you for the Feb. 18th column on estate planning.  Could you provide some starting points for the person willing to take the next steps?

Updated: March 10, 2012, - 04:32 PM

Answers on credit scores and federal deposit insurance

I reached into the e-mail bag and took two questions for this week. Keep the questions coming. I love to hear from you.

Updated: March 03, 2012, - 03:57 PM

Do not go unprepared into that good night

We all know that Americans are living longer than earlier generations. Sometimes, it seems that the demographic gray wave evokes fears of a society crowded with the elderly people -- ''sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.''

Updated: February 18, 2012, - 09:14 PM

Tougher rules on money market funds a good idea

The Wall Street Journal, Businessweek, and other major business publications are reporting that the Securities and Exchange Commission is poised to propose new rules for shoring up the $2.7 trillion money market mutual fund industry. The mutual fund industry isn't happy.

Updated: February 11, 2012, - 03:47 PM

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