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

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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