Chris Farrell

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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 cfarrell@mpr.org 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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