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 cfarrell@mpr.org and put "Your Money" in the subject line.


In times like these, it's your intergenerational network that counts

What else is money for but to support those we love? Reach out and make sure the people you know are OK.


To cope with this downturn, remember what happened the last time

Monetary and fiscal policy are critical for shoring up the economy and confidence.


Why target-date funds may be your best investment

Most employers with 401(k) plans now offer the option and for new employees it's the most popular choice.


Best virus money moves you can make: Attack household debt, hone job hunting skills

Instead of trying to time the markets at times like these, focus on what you can control.


If you really want to amp up savings, sweat the big stuff

Only a handful of expenses really count when it comes to the desire save more by spending money wisely.


Your retirement planning should include personal connections

Health concerns about loneliness don't seem like a classic personal finance topic. Yet thinking about how to avoid loneliness is critical to savvy retirement planning.


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.


Index fund takeover worries don't change basic facts

Putting money into a portfolio that matches the performance of an index like the S&P 500 is cheap, simple and savvy.


If you turned 70½ after Jan. 1, your Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) may have changed

The age change won't affect many retirees since they typically start withdrawing well before their RMD date. They need the money to pay bills.


Want to improve yourself in 2020? Here are 4 tips to making resolutions work

The desire to develop better habits revolve around a few core areas.