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Chris Farrell
Contributing Columnist, Kiplinger.com
The Case for Economic Optimism
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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…
October 19, 2012
Seeking True Value in Money Market Funds
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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 f…
August 22, 2012
Want More Money in Retirement? Spend Less
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Want More Money in Retirement? Spend Less

There are many simple ways to reduce spending without diminishing your quality of life.
August 10, 2012
Lessons for the Rest of Us in the J.P. Morgan Debacle
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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.
July 17, 2012
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The Economic Fallout of the Facebook IPO
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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.
June 25, 2012
Is the Housing Collapse Over?
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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 changin…
May 29, 2012
Are We in a Tech Bubble? Probably Not
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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.
May 21, 2012
How to Protect Your Portfolio From Inflation
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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.
May 16, 2012
Investing Lessons from the Great Recession
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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.
May 7, 2012
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Remodel Your Current Home With Retirement in Mind
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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.
March 21, 2012
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The Benefits of Staying Put in Retirement
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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.
February 8, 2012
The Keys to Managing Your Money for the Long Haul
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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 m…
January 31, 2012
Myths of an Aging Workforce
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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 jo…
December 20, 2011
Why You Still Need to Fund a College Education
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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.
November 29, 2011
Your Job Should Drive Your Savings Plan
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Your Job Should Drive Your Savings Plan

Focus on your income prospects first. That will inform your investment strategy best.
November 16, 2011
Save the Savings Bond
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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.
October 20, 2011
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Teaching Savings to Kids in Schools
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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.
September 21, 2011
You Can Still Count on U.S. Treasuries
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You Can Still Count on U.S. Treasuries

Turns out the Great Recession is reaffirming traditional investing values.
August 30, 2011
The Good News on Social Security
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The Good News on Social Security

All that’s needed are some nips and tucks to get the supplemental retirement program on a sounder financial path. The tougher problems are with Medica…
August 26, 2011
A Midyear Resolution for Your Personal Finances
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A Midyear Resolution for Your Personal Finances

Don’t despair if you're behind on saving. We've got three ideas for reviving your New Year's vows.
July 25, 2011
The Growing Allure of Overseas Retirement
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The Growing Allure of Overseas Retirement

Emerging economies around the world are rolling out the red carpet for U.S. emigrants.
July 6, 2011
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The Future of Personal Finance
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The Future of Personal Finance

As the U.S. population ages and globalization creates more competition for money-management services, information technology will get smarter, too. Bu…
June 7, 2011
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Why Housing Has a "Buy" Sign on It
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Why Housing Has a "Buy" Sign on It

With price declines and a bottom in sight, odds are improving that first-time home buyers will see positive returns over time.
May 25, 2011