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: A primer on bonds, interest rates and bond ladders

Q: What are the benefits of owning a bond fund or individual bonds? How does one determine if Treasury, municipal,...

Updated: January 18, 2014, - 04:53 PM

Farrell: Investment fears prompt question on index funds

Q: Since I am so fearful of investments of any kind, I thought I would ask you a question about...

Updated: January 11, 2014, - 05:26 PM

Chris Farrell: Rewiring the risk and reward equation for better sleeping

Q: Investment advisers often tell you to only invest in stocks an amount that allows you to sleep comfortably at...

Updated: January 04, 2014, - 04:57 PM

Farrell: The Medicare coverage puzzle means homework

Q: Could you explore how we can best use our limited fixed income when it comes to purchasing health care...

Updated: December 21, 2013, - 02:00 PM

Farrell: Parsing the annuity market can be a complex exercise

Q: Several years ago, my financial adviser got my wife and me to convert several of our IRAs, and Roth...

Updated: December 14, 2013, - 02:00 PM

Farrell: Portfolio question offers a lesson on cash and patience

Q: You emphasize the importance of time horizon in evaluating a portfolio. And that has implications for how much of...

Updated: December 07, 2013, - 02:00 PM

Farrell: Worried about heady markets? Time to rebalance

Despite momentary downdrafts, the major stock market indexes keep reaching new highs. The good news is that there are few...

Updated: November 30, 2013, - 02:00 PM

Farrell: New generations will redefine retirement

The power of stories is vastly underestimated when it comes to economics, managing money and other aspects of everyday life....

Updated: November 16, 2013, - 02:00 PM

Farrell: Debt collectors: Time to tame the Wild West?

Would you like to weigh in on the debt collection industry’s practices?The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is seeking comments on...

Updated: November 09, 2013, - 02:00 PM

Farrell: In investment matters, a higher standard is better

Who can you trust when it comes to managing your money, especially your retirement savings?Sad to say, trust is in...

Updated: November 02, 2013, - 04:59 PM

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