Chris Farrell is economics editor of Marketplace Money, a nationally syndicated one-hour weekly personal finance show produced by American Public Media. Chris is also economics correspondent for Marketplace, the largest business program in broadcasting and chief economics correspondent for American RadioWorks, the largest producer of long-form documentaries in public radio. He is also contributing economics editor at Business Week magazine. He was host and executive editor of public television’s Right on the Money. He is the author of two books: Right on the Money: Taking Control of Your Personal Finances, and Deflation: What Happens When Prices Fall. Chris is a graduate of Stanford and the London School of Economics.
Posted In: negative interest rate, Japan
Japan's stock market is at a six and a half month high. And that's in part thanks to expectations that Japan's version of the Federal Reserve is about to get aggressive by setting negative interest rates, to get investors to stop putting their money into government bonds.
Posted In: 2012 election, diversity, minority, Immigration
If there's one message that both political parties have taken away from the election, it's that the demographics of the electorate are changing. Could it shake up Washington?
Posted In: Social Security, Election 2012
More than 20 percent of the U.S. national budget is spent on Social Security, so of course politicians like to promise to reform it. Commentator Chris Farrell says unfortunately both candidates' plans are way too complicated.
Posted In: 2012 election, Africa, Tech, budget deficit
Not everything in the economy hinges on who wins in November. Whether it's President Obama or President Romney -- we're predicting three things are certain by 2016.
Posted In: housing market, recession, recovery
Republicans have been calling it the weakest recovery in U.S. history, but comparing recessions and recoveries has become incredibly controversial because, as in the case of much of economics, it all depends.
Posted In: aging, workplace
It seems like there's a new warning every week about our aging population and what it means for government entitlement programs, among other things. Marketplace's Chris Farrell is here to separate fact from fiction.
Posted In: Federal Reserve, quantitative easing
The Federal Reserve wraps up its two day policy meeting today. It's expected to announce whether it will pump more stimulus money into the U.S. economy.
Posted In: bank regulations, Personal Finance
Bank regulation and personal finance is just as simple as catching a frisbee -- even a dog can do it.
Posted In: welfare
The GOP charges that the Obama administration has weakened the work requirement that was a key part of the 1996 Welfare Reform Act.
Posted In: undefined
In light of a possible global food crisis during this drought, many are calling for a stop to the federal mandate that requires gasoline to have corn-based ethanol.