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: Diving deeper into the complexities of 529 plans

Q: The timing of last week’s article [“Lots of options for gifting to their granddaughter”] was very good and thank...

Updated: March 22, 2014, - 02:00 PM

Chris Farrell: Lots of options for gift to granddaughter

Q: We have been saving money on a monthly basis for our 4-year-old granddaughter’s education. The account pays a modest...

Updated: March 15, 2014, - 05:12 PM

Farrell: What are your options with a 'frozen' 401(k)?

Q: My 401(k) plan was terminated and assets frozen when the company was sold close to a year ago. What...

Updated: March 08, 2014, - 02:00 PM

Farrell: It college worth it? Yes, but be smart and curb borrowing

The drive from the Twin Cities to St. Peter on Wednesday was pretty miserable, cold and windy, the highway periodically...

Updated: March 01, 2014, - 02:00 PM

Farrell: As volatility returns, it's time to take a portfolio selfie

The stock market got off to a rough start in 2014. The U.S. employment numbers were deeply disappointing two months...

Updated: February 15, 2014, - 02:00 PM

Farrell: Spending retirement funds can be harder than saving them in the first place

Q: My husband and I have accumulated a nice chunk of money for retirement. But I think getting the money...

Updated: February 08, 2014, - 02:00 PM

Chris Farrell: President's 'MyRA' should ignite more savings plans

Americans aren’t saving enough for their elder years. We all know this, but the numbers still are startling. The typical...

Updated: February 01, 2014, - 02:00 PM

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

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