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: Credit card company drops prompt payer

Q: I just received a note from my credit card company saying they won’t renew my cards when they expire.I...

Updated: March 21, 2013, - 10:48 PM

Farrell: Is credit or debit card for teen a good idea?

Q: What is best way to provide money to teenager, i.e. debit card or even credit card or other?ToddA: Congratulations...

Updated: March 16, 2013, - 04:57 PM

Farrell: Social Security will be there for you

Q: I read your response to an aggressive saver who wanted to retire at age 52. I am even younger,...

Updated: March 09, 2013, - 04:27 PM

Farrell: Finding the right financial adviser can be a challenge

Q: My wife and I are in our early 40s, have two young kids and make about $130,000 from a...

Updated: March 02, 2013, - 03:26 PM

Farrell: Can aggressive saver retire at 52? Not quite yet

Q: I am a single woman who began saving aggressively for retirement the first chance I got — maxing out...

Updated: February 16, 2013, - 03:25 PM

Finding the right tools to track your investments

Q: My wife and I are in our mid-30s and are trying to find a way to track our overall...

Updated: February 11, 2013, - 01:06 PM

Farrell: To take or not to take early Social Security benefits

In recent columns I've been making the case for why it pays for most people to consider delaying taking Social Security rather than at the first opportunity, age 62.

Updated: February 02, 2013, - 04:24 PM

Farrell: Social Security decisions require careful calculations

Last week's column on Social Security sparked a number of comments. Briefly, rather than take Social Security early at age 62, I argued for a strategy of filing for Social Security benefits later, tapping into retirement savings and working at least part-time instead. I'd like to address some of the challenges to this perspective.

Updated: January 19, 2013, - 04:26 PM

Farrell: The dilemma of whether to take early Social Security

QI am 59 and wish to retire in three years. To have enough retirement income, I could take Social Security early at 62, or withdraw $2,000 a month from my retirement accounts. Which is the better option?

Updated: January 12, 2013, - 09:16 PM

Farrell: Retirees wonder what financial returns to expect

Q I am 62. My husband is 63. We hired a respected fee-based certified financial planner to update our financial plan as we head into retirement. We have a projected secure stream of income aside from our 401(k) and may or may not need to draw down on our retirement funds ever, or at least not for five or six years.

Updated: January 05, 2013, - 04:26 PM

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