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: 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

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

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