Promoting financial literacy is a top priority for Kristin.  In addition to writing for Darrow's blog and contributing personal finance and investing insights to various news outlets, Kristin also volunteers for Junior Achievement, where she teaches topics like financial education, economics, and entrepreneurship to kids in local schools.

Kristin McFarland, CFP®, MBA

Kristin McKenna, CFP®

Wealth Advisor

Quoted in the News

It costs retirees $100,000 a year to live in these 4 cities (MarketWatch)

Diversification is About More Than Stocks and Bonds (TheStreet)

Retirement Saving Should Take Priority Over Paying For Kids' College (TheStreet)

Even High-Income People Overspend (TheStreet)

10 Ways To Save Money That Take An Hour Or Less (Huffpost)

9 expert tips on how to improve your game without breaking the bank (Golf Magazine; )

7 Ways to Stop Losing Sleep Over Money Worries (Forbes)

6 Downsizing Myths to be Aware of in Retirement  (U.S. News & World Report)

How Much Is Too Much To Put In A Savings Account? (

Ask the Experts: Unsustainable Credit Behavior (WalletHub)

Best Decision You Ever Made: Paying Off Your Mortgage? (TheStreet)

Investing in Your Mortgage Can Pay (U.S. News & World Report)

It’s war! Online banks are battling to offer the best rates on savings accounts (

Jean Chatzky: How to invest in real estate (

Interviews and Speaking Engagements

Speaker: Conference on Financial Planning for Public Company Executives & Directors presented by

Podcast Interview: Restricted Stock Units After An Acquisition: Know What Could Happen ( Podcast)

Contributor Articles

You Probably Don't Need Life Insurance Forever (Forbes)

Tax-Efficient Funds Don't Belong In Your IRA (Forbes)

Debunked: 6 Myths About Retirement (Forbes)

How to Reduce Tax on Your Investments (Forbes)

You'd Hire A Pro For A Home Renovation, So Why 'DIY' With Your Life Savings? (Forbes)

Retire Early with Health Insurance: Closing the Coverage Gap (Forbes)

Pre-Retirement Market Volatility Looks Very Different in Retirement (Forbes)

Is it Better to Buy a Home with Cash or a Mortgage? (Forbes)

Are You 'Just OK' at Managing Your Finances? (U.S. News & World Report)

How Investors Can Have Enough Money in Retirement  (U.S. News & World Report)

3 Reasons Investors Shouldn't Leave an Old 401(k) Behind (U.S. News & World Report)

How Financial Advisors can use Infographics in their Marketing Plan (National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA) Magazine)

When Is It 'Worth It' to Work With a Financial Advisor? (TheStreet)

Wealthy Investors Reconsider a Roth Conversion (U.S. News & World Report)

How Lifestyle Inflation Can Harm Investors (U.S. News & World Report)

Tax Reform Changes the Way Parents Can Pay for School (U.S. News & World Report)

4 smart things everyone under 40 should do with their money (Business Insider)

5 Do's and Don'ts of Investing in Real Estate (U.S. News & World Report)

3 Ways a Brokerage Can Help Your Retirement Savings (U.S. News & World Report)

Can You Have Too Much Employer Stock? (U.S. News & World Report)

When Should You Rebalance Your Portfolio? (U.S. News & World Report)

Investing in Life Sciences Under the Trump Presidency (The Life Sciences Report)

5 of the Biggest Risks Facing Investors (U.S. News & World Report)

Know How You're Invested (U.S. News & World Report)

8 Must-Do Financial Tasks Before the End of the Year (U.S. News & World Report)

What to Do After Inheriting a Home (U.S. News & World Report)

Help, My Company Is Being Sold! (U.S. News & World Report)

Should You Use a Roth 401(k) or a Traditional 401(k)? (U.S. News & World Report)

How Much Money Can You Make From Your Home? (U.S. News & World Report)

4 Tips for Women to Overcome Their Financial Fears (U.S. News & World Report)

Strategies to Maximize College Savings and Financial Aid (U.S. News & World Report)

Reshape the Way You Measure Your Portfolio's Success (U.S. News & World Report)

What's the Return on Investment on Your Home? (U.S. News & World Report)

Your 401(k) Loan Is Costing More Than You Think (U.S. News & World Report)

6 Things to Consider Before Paying Off a Mortgage Early (U.S. News & World Report)

'Tis the Season for Tax-Loss Harvesting (U.S. News & World Report)

How to Donate to Charity on Any Budget (U.S. News & World Report)

Pay Yourself First: Save for Retirement, Then College for the Kids (U.S. News & World Report) 

Tax Implications for Converting a Primary Residence to Rental Property (U.S. News & World Report)

Converting a Residence to a Rental: Cash Flows and Other Considerations (U.S. News & World Report)

Now Could Be the Right Time To Refinance Your Student Loans (U.S. News & World Report)

Why Real Estate Could Be a Better Investment Than Stocks (U.S. News & World Report)

No 401(k)? No problem. (

Are you an emotional investor? (

Taxes: Guidelines for handling bonus pay (

Taking a job overseas? Preparing to become an expat. (

When to lease a car instead of buying (

Financial considerations before you sell your business (

Buying your first home (

You will refinance a mortgage, why not student loans? (

Creating a spending plan you’ll actually stick to  (

Which is better – Debit or Credit? (