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Chris Farrell

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Practical Economics
October 2012

The Case for Economic Optimism

Expectations have been lowered. The savings rate is up. Mortgage rates are at record lows. The stock market still has room to run. The next decade may turn out better than expected.

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Fund Watch
August 2012

Seeking True Value in Money Market Funds

We should stop pretending that a dollar invested in a money market fund will always be worth a dollar. Let prices float as they do with other mutual funds.

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Rethinking Retirement
August 2012

Want More Money in Retirement? Spend Less

There are many simple ways to reduce spending without diminishing your quality of life.

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Practical Economics
July 2012

Lessons for the Rest of Us in the J.P. Morgan Debacle

There's no such thing as predictable risk in market trading. So embrace uncertainty, for better and for worse.

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Practical Economics
June 2012

The Economic Fallout of the Facebook IPO

It's been ugly to watch. The animal spirits of entrepreneurs everywhere are getting doused. But long-term gains are still possible.

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Practical Economics
May 2012

Is the Housing Collapse Over?

A slowly improving economy and record-low mortgage rates are finally shoring up the real estate market. But the economics of homeownership are changing.

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Practical Economics
May 2012

Are We in a Tech Bubble? Probably Not

Apple's sky-high valuation and Facebook's IPO are more telling of "animal spirits" than another pending market collapse.

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Rethinking Retirement
May 2012

How to Protect Your Portfolio From Inflation

Many economists fear inflation will come roaring back soon. These strategies can shield your retirement income just in case.

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Practical Economics
May 2012

Investing Lessons from the Great Recession

It's not that the rules changed. It's more that strategies for long-term growth have always been riskier than we like to think.

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Rethinking Retirement
March 2012

Remodel Your Current Home With Retirement in Mind

Upgrade with universal-design features that will help you as you age. It's all about convenience now, and saving money and safety later.

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Rethinking Retirement
January 2012

The Keys to Managing Your Money for the Long Haul

Yes, creating wealth by investing in equities is important. But in old age, you can't 'eat a rate of return.' Managing downside risk matters just as much.

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Practical Economics
December 2011

Myths of an Aging Workforce

The financial pressure to retire later is strong. The job market is woeful for younger workers. But that doesn't mean baby-boomers are hogging the jobs.

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Rethinking Retirement
December 2011

The Benefits of Staying Put in Retirement

Pulling up a lifetime of stakes and retiring where it's warm and sunny may be a tempting prospect. But think again.

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Practical Economics
November 2011

Why You Still Need to Fund a College Education

If investing in a degree is like starting a business, then let's fund it that way: with equity instead of debt.

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Practical Economics
November 2011

Your Job Should Drive Your Savings Plan

Focus on your income prospects first. That will inform your investment strategy best.

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Practical Economics
October 2011

Save the Savings Bond

They helped nurture sound money habits for the World War II generation, and they can help the next generation, if Uncle Sam would only listen.

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Practical Economics
September 2011

Teaching Savings to Kids in Schools

What was once called thrift education is making a comeback as financial literacy. That’s good news in hard times.

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