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.


Farrell: There's a new way for low- and moderate-income workers to save for retirement

Word is still getting out about the new benefits of the saver's credit.


Chris Farrell: Forget the humbug over New Year's resolutions because they can pay off

Settle on a priority because time is a scarce commodity.


Farrell: Generosity is the best investment in community you can make

Whether you give time or money.


Chris Farrell: How to sort through the clamor of ESG investing

The holidays are a time when some investors comb through portfolios to make sure they align with their values.


Chris Farrell: Runs on crypto, no surprise there

While trillions of dollars of investors' money has disappeared in crypto, there still hasn't been a "Lehman moment."


Chris Farrell: Even after a volatile trading period, fees matter for most investors

Passive funds work best for many investors, helped by their low fees.


Chris Farrell: With credit card rates soaring, will logic or emotion help you reduce debt?

Star Trek's dueling approach to every challenge charts a path to financial salvation today.


Chris Farrell: As recession looks more likely, there are steps to prepare for the worst

The risk that counts is losing your job. Here's what to do just in case.


Chris Farrell: After the big raise in Social Security pay, it's time for proper funding

Policymakers need to remove the threat of insolvency for the foundation of America's retirement system.


Farrell: Cash may not be king, but it's not trash either

Cash is an easy and cheap way to protect an investment portfolio or a family against financial crisis.