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

Brother wonders if he should lend $50,000

It pays for a new entrepreneur to try to raise money outside of family and friends.

Updated: January 15, 2011, - 10:21 PM

Chris Farrell: Sustainability - The government takes a pass, and businesses point the way

From Wal-Mart to Dow Chemical to Silicon Valley and beyond, companies are embracing a new, core strategy.

Updated: January 15, 2011, - 06:22 PM

What's the answer when values collide?

The choice: Pay off medical school loans ($137,000 at 0.6 percent interest ... not a typo) immediately OR over the scheduled 30-year plan ($650/month without any increases).

Updated: January 08, 2011, - 10:04 PM

Dipping into IRA from late mom can be risky

Here's another way to decide whether to use the IRA money: What would your late mother think? Would she be pleased that you tapped into the inheritance this way or distressed that you didn't let a good chunk of the money compound longer? Honor her way of thinking with your decision.

Updated: January 01, 2011, - 09:20 PM

Whole life policies ... and alternatives

QWhen my financial adviser suggested whole life insurance, I just about fell off my chair! Now, I'm actually considering it and wanted to get your opinion. I'm 56 and have been putting everything in my 401(k). I have a home, and that's pretty much it.

Updated: December 18, 2010, - 09:46 PM

Yes, Tracey, there's life after bankruptcy

Bankruptcy is all about a fresh start. But you'll need to establish priorities.

Updated: December 11, 2010, - 10:57 PM

Rolling over your 401(k): The basics

What do you need to consider when deciding if I should transfer money from an old 401(k) to a new one?

Updated: December 04, 2010, - 10:12 PM

To hedge or not to hedge on the euro

With the Fed's decision to help turn the economy around by basically pumping out more cash, which would make the dollar weaker and help lower the cost of U.S. exported goods and hopefully build jobs here in the United States, does it mean fewer euros for dollars in exchange?

Updated: November 27, 2010, - 10:15 PM

Skewed tax code rewards homeowners

Was the home mortgage deduction a large contributor to the foreclosure crisis, leading people to buy more house than they can afford and also cause them to not build any equity?

Updated: November 20, 2010, - 10:34 PM

Credit cards can be hard to get for recent grads

A daughter who rejected credit card offers in college is now looking to build a credit record. Her last rejection included a form letter suggesting that she not apply for too many cards because that hurts her credit score.

Updated: November 13, 2010, - 10:00 PM

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