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: How to pay for the best financial planning advice

Q: Many experts recommend hiring fee-only financial planners. I get that a fee-only planner can be paid hourly or flat...

Updated: October 11, 2014, - 05:12 PM

PIMCO havoc makes the case for index funds

A Wall Street drama. A financial soap opera. Yes, the abrupt exit of bond king Bill Gross from the firm...

Updated: October 04, 2014, - 04:40 PM

Sept. 21: Farrell: Encore careers affect planning for retirement

Last week, I spent a few days in Phoenix thanks to Experience Matters. It’s a remarkable nonprofit that brings together...

Updated: September 20, 2014, - 05:09 PM

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

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