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: Nobel winners have both rational and irrational covered

The Nobel Prize in economics took a strange twist this year. Lars Peter Hansen is an uncontroversial choice, respected for...

Updated: October 19, 2013, - 02:00 PM

Chris Farrell: On financial opportunity costs

I gave a talk recently on personal finance and financial literacy at Century College in White Bear Lake. Students, teachers,...

Updated: October 12, 2013, - 02:00 PM

Farrell: Should reader manage money himself?

Q: Should I manage our portfolio myself? As my wife and I near the age 59 ½ milestone in our planning...

Updated: October 05, 2013, - 03:39 PM

Farrell: Common sense personal finance advice fits on an index card

Memo to parents, grandparents, recent college graduates and, well, anyone interested in managing their money well: Personal finance is nothing...

Updated: September 21, 2013, - 04:30 PM

Chris Farrell: Giving leads to smarter saving and spending

Alexis de Tocqueville, the 19th century social-philosopher (and the only Frenchman that Americans consistently seem to love), marveled in “Democracy...

Updated: September 14, 2013, - 11:30 AM

Farrell: Financial stakes are higher for 'free-agent' workers

The Star Tribune had an important story last Sunday by Adam Belz on the rise of the contingent labor force....

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

Farrell: In 2014, save more, borrow warily and work in retirement

Welcome to the new year.No, I haven’t lost it. I know that Jan. 1 marks the official launch of a...

Updated: August 31, 2013, - 05:16 PM

Farrell: With so many time pressures, keep investing simple

My image of summer is that it’s a season for taking it easy. Everything — including me — should move...

Updated: August 17, 2013, - 05:08 PM

Chris Farrell: Calculate your 'lump-sum' decisions carefully

Q: I retired this past January from the U.S. Postal Service and am wondering what to do with my TSP...

Updated: August 10, 2013, - 02:00 PM

Farrell: Are employer 401(k)s cheaper? It all depends

Q: Is it true that an employee’s company cannot profit by their 401(k) and cash-balance plans, and thus are less...

Updated: August 03, 2013, - 02:00 PM

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