Next Avenue - Chris Farrell - Most Recent An RSS feed of the most recent articles by Chris Farrell. en To Find an Encore Career Job, Try a Matchmaker Sign up with a machmaking enterprise and you could be paired up with a company or nonprofit needing people over 50 to do fulfilling, paid part-time work. Chris Farrell Thinkstock October 15, 2014, 9:24 am Second Career? They're on Their Third and Fourth The author of 'Unretirement' profiles two women who have had multiple careers and the smart steps they took along the way. Chris Farrell Thinkstock September 30, 2014, 5:46 pm When You're Bored Silly In Retirement It's easy to find yourself bored in retirement if you haven't planned out your transition. Here's what three retirees did when they grew restless and how you can eschew ennui. Chris Farrell Thinkstock September 18, 2014, 9:16 am 4 Ways to Fix the U.S. Retirement System Chris Farrell, author of 'Unretirement,' says these tweaks would help you work longer, full-time or part-time, if you want. Chris Farrell Thinkstock September 10, 2014, 8:38 am How to Phase Into Retirement at Your Job More and more firms are letting older workers phase into retirement. Here's how to try to get your boss to let you do it. Chris Farrell Thinkstock September 3, 2014, 9:16 am Becoming a Farmer In Retirement Some boomers are becoming farmers in retirement, either because they love the idea or they need the money. Here's a look at three of them, plus advice if you're considering making this switch for your Unretirement. Chris Farrell Photo courtesy Chris Farrell Judy Yang and David Massey August 20, 2014, 11:11 am How to Dip Your Toe Into the Encore Career Waters The Encore Fellowships Network, from, lets you try out a second act with purpose for six months to a year and get paid to do it. Chris Farrell Photo courtesy Dave Dardis Former IBM'er Dave Dardis started a new chapter after his Encore Fellowship August 13, 2014, 8:27 am How to Shift From Full-Time Work to Part-Time Here's how to transition to retirement by switching from a full-time job to a part-time job in the field you've worked in throughout your career. Chris Farrell Photo courtesy Fay Putnam Singer Fay Putnam is now a voice coach in retirement July 29, 2014, 4:37 pm 3 Essential Tips to Switch to a Second Career This nurse started a yoga studio in her 50s and has three tips for midlife entrepreneur wannabes. Chris Farrell Photo courtesy Liz Campbell Former nurse, now yoga studio owner Liz Campbell July 16, 2014, 8:36 am The 2 Keys to a Successful Midlife Career Transition If you start talking to people with jobs you might like and begin living frugally, you'll make the transition easier and more enjoyable. Chris Farrell Thinkstock July 3, 2014, 9:07 am Plotting Your Next Move for 'Unretirement' Advice from Chris Farrell on what to do, and when, to write your next chapter. Chris Farrell Photo courtesy of Cynthia Lennartson Texas librarian Cynthia Lennartson June 17, 2014, 12:17 pm Why I'm Not Buying the Retirement Gloom In the sometimes exciting, sometimes scary Unretirement movement, you are your best investment. Chris Farrell Thinkstock June 4, 2014, 11:58 am For Many Boomer Immigrants, Rough Times Ahead Many boomer immigrants face rough times ahead because their savings are low and family needs are high. Chris Farrell Photo coutesy Ramon Leon Ramon Leon, 50, says he needs to work at least another 20 years May 14, 2014, 9:11 am It's Time for a Rewrite Moment for Retirement Chris Farrell says it's time for a "rewrite moment" for retirement and explains how the story is evolving. Chris Farrell Thinkstock January 10, 2014, 2:19 pm The 'Safety First' Guide to Retirement Withdrawals When determining how much of your savings to withdraw each year in retirement, focus on how much you’ll need to maintain your standard of living. Chris Farrell Thinkstock August 30, 2013, 6:34 pm Smart Money Moves, Now That Interest Rates Are Rising Here’s what rising interest rates mean for you as a saver, investor and borrower. Chris Farrell iStockphoto/ThinkStock June 21, 2013, 2:24 pm Where to Get Help Launching Your Encore Career Informal and formal networks can help launch your encore career. Here’s how to tap into them. Chris Farrell Fuse / Thinkstock June 12, 2013, 4:59 pm Pay Down Debt or Save? The Spock vs. McCoy Debate Here’s how "Star Trek" fans nearing retirement can decide whether to increase savings or focus on paying off loans and credit cards. Chris Farrell iStockPhoto/ThinkStock April 29, 2013, 8:09 am The Retirement Topic Nobody Likes to Talk About Chris Farrell explains why there’s so much advice on how to invest for retirement but so little on how to spend more wisely. Chris Farrell iStockphoto/ThinkStock April 4, 2013, 2:34 pm Record Stock Market and Your Retirement Portfolio Now that the stock market has hit a record high, here’s what you should be doing with your retirement portfolio. Chris Farrell iStockPhoto/ThinkStock March 6, 2013, 6:04 pm Do You Know the New Retirement Mantra? Chris Farrell says retirement planning is no longer all about saving and investing. The new mantra is about work in retirement: encore jobs, networking and delaying filing for Social Security benefits. Chris Farrell Hemera/Thinkstock March 1, 2013, 2:55 pm The Growing Danger of Penny Stocks Penny stock schemes are proliferating, but smart investors should steer clear of hyped shares selling for less than $1. Chris Farrell Comstock/Thinkstock February 6, 2013, 4:20 pm Money Rules of Thumb You Need to Follow (and Ignore!) Rules of thumb are easy to dismiss, says Chris Farrell. They’re the Rodney Dangerfields of money management: They get no respect. They’re gross simplifications that don’t deal with the complexity of individual and family circumstances. Some caustic financial planners call them “rules of dumb.”  Chris Farrell iStockphoto/ThinkStock December 18, 2012, 9:31 am Long-Term Care Insurance: A Tricky Purchase Gets Trickier Chris Farrell offers advice on how to buy long-term care insurance at a time when companies are quitting the market or raising premiums. Chris Farrell Stockbyte/ThinkStock November 29, 2012, 12:43 pm The 7 Best Books for Your Money and Career Over the years I’ve collected many books on personal finance, investing, economics and work. So I was excited when my Next Avenue editor suggested I write a column highlighting excellent money and career books for boomers. Question was: What criteria to use in choosing them? Chris Farrell Zoonar/Thinkstock October 22, 2012, 2:56 pm