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: Portfolio question offers a lesson on cash and patience

Q: You emphasize the importance of time horizon in evaluating a portfolio. And that has implications for how much of...

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

Farrell: Worried about heady markets? Time to rebalance

Despite momentary downdrafts, the major stock market indexes keep reaching new highs. The good news is that there are few...

Updated: November 30, 2013, - 02:00 PM

Farrell: New generations will redefine retirement

The power of stories is vastly underestimated when it comes to economics, managing money and other aspects of everyday life....

Updated: November 16, 2013, - 02:00 PM

Farrell: Debt collectors: Time to tame the Wild West?

Would you like to weigh in on the debt collection industry’s practices?The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is seeking comments on...

Updated: November 09, 2013, - 02:00 PM

Farrell: In investment matters, a higher standard is better

Who can you trust when it comes to managing your money, especially your retirement savings?Sad to say, trust is in...

Updated: November 02, 2013, - 04:59 PM

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

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