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

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

Farrell: Beware overtures from hedge funds

Hold on to your wallet. That’s my reaction to the news that the Securities and Exchange Commission has lifted a...

Updated: July 20, 2013, - 03:24 PM

Farrell: Federal loans offer more flexibility for student borrowers

Q: Can you tell me why the ­private student loan is not the way to go, why a federal student...

Updated: July 13, 2013, - 04:50 PM

Farrell: Finding a safe spending meter in retirement

Q: I would like to get your opinion regarding the “Modified RMD Withdrawal Strategy’’ that appeared on the Boston College...

Updated: July 06, 2013, - 04:46 PM

Student loan dilemma and the pilgrims of 1620

Last week, the Association of College Counselors in Independent Schools (ACCIS) held its summer meeting at Macalester College in St....

Updated: June 22, 2013, - 02:00 PM

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