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.

The Medicaid `divorce'

Q. Because some of us will have substantial retirement savingswhen we retire, should divorcing a medically ill spouse be part...

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Who gets a rebate? It's tied to income

Q: I'm single and made $107,000 in 2007. Will I get a rebate check?A: The answer is "no" with what...

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Seek out a well-rounded financial planner

Q. I'm looking for a financial planner who could help us with choices concerning our household and business finances. Any...

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Home market feeds on itself until collapse

Q: The median price of a house in California is $430,000. I don't understand how this is possible. How can...

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If annuity makes sense, then which one?

Q1. My wife and I are retired, we are losing money in our mutual funds, and we are considering buying...

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Plan a shift to one income very carefully

Q: I'm looking into the feasibility of my family cutting down to one income. One of the big obstacles might...

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IRA rollover to Roth IRA would be costly

Q: My wife and I have an IRA of about $200,000. Our experience is that if we make a withdrawal...

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Sound investment can reflect one's values

Q I’m interested in investing in renewable/sustainable energy sources such as solar, wind power, etc. A fund available through Guinness...

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There's still time to save for retirement

Q The way the market is going, am I ever going to be able to retire? -- JOHN

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Student loan consolidation can be costly

Q Do you have any tips on finding low-interest student loan consolidation? My wife graduated from grad school last August and student loan payments are headed this way, so we want to plan ahead.

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