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.

You would do well to heed Warren Buffett's margin-of-safety lesson

The advice seems particularly appropriate during these hard times.

It's worth the effort to weigh your options on long-term care costs

Medicare covers little of these expenses and Medicaid essentially requires impoverishment first.

Why this is a good time to shore up your household finances

The initial hope that the pandemic would be contained within a short period of time is giving way to the sober realization that combating the virus will take time.

Why you should be wary of private equity getting a shot at your 401(k)

Private-equity performance is too opaque, and private-equity fees too onerous and too complicated for the 401(k) saver.

Once ridiculed, socially responsible investing is shaking up money management

Socially responsible or sustainable money management has gone mainstream and will only grow in influence.