Chris Casacchia

Chris Casacchia is an award-winning journalist, editor and media consultant based in Los Angeles specializing in business, finance, cannabis and technology coverage. 

During his tenure as technology editor at the Orange County Business Journal, he profiled some of the most successful and influential executives and companies in the world, while breaking global, national and regional news. Before moving to California, he served as a staff writer at the Phoenix Business Journal, where he chronicled the subprime mortgage meltdown and global financial crises in one of the hardest hit markets in the nation. 

His newspaper career began in his native Chicago, working for a chain of suburban and city publications, covering everything from the Olympic flame relay to the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. His writing has appeared in MSN Money, MJBiz Daily, Los Angeles Business Journal, California Business Journal, Sporting News and other outlets.  

On the client side, he has created media strategies, brand messaging, case studies, launch campaigns and other custom content for a variety of companies, from technology startups to established industry leaders. 

The Long Beach resident earned a Master’s degree from Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, where he served as an adjunct professor.   

Articles by Chris Casacchia

A grandma saves pennies with her grandson and thinks about compounding interest in retirement
4 Min. Read

Compounding Interest for Retirees: Is it a Viable Option?

Though compounding interest is often offered as a savings strategies for younger people, there are still ways for retirees to take advantage of its saving potential.

An office party celebrating a retirement
4 Min. Read

Should the U.S. Lower the Retirement Age?

As people live longer, they are retiring later, but there are some compelling reasons to clower the retirement age.

A woman facing the prospect of retiring without savings
4 Min. Read

Can You Retire Without Savings?

People with little or no savings face many challenges in retirement. Though not ideal, there are ways to make it work. Here are some options for retiring without savings.

Business people discussing retiring in a recession
3 Min. Read

Should You Retire in a Recession?

Deciding when to retire can be complicated in boom times, but in a recession it's critical to make informed choices about your future.

A man contemplates the future and wonders if there is a retirement crisis in america|
4 Min. Read

Is There a Retirement Crisis in America?

Do current trends add up to a retirement crisis? What's at play and what can those in or nearing retirement do to ensure their own well being in retirement?

Expats enjoying the pros of retiring overseas
4 Min. Read

Pros and Cons of Retiring Overseas

The idea of retiring overseas is romantic and adventurous. There are some practical considerations you'll need to make before taking the plunge as well.

two gen x men take it easy on a boat and talk genx retirement planning strategies
5 Min. Read

Gen X Retirement Planning: Views and Strategies

Members of Gen X are accustomed to getting drowned out in the conversation by the generations before and after theirs. But whether they feel heard or not, retirement is a reality that's just around the corner.

A line of people at an atm. Should retirees worry about their bank failing?
4 Min. Read

Should Retirees Worry About Their Bank Failing?

The nation's banks are under stress and several have already failed. Experts say we could see many more in the near future. Do retirees need to worry?

People sit in a doctor's waiting room and learn more about their short-term insurance plan coverage
5 Min. Read

Short-Term Insurance Plans: What You Need to Know

In some situations short-term insurance may be the best option, but it's not a substitute for full coverage. Learn about when it is useful and what to be aware of when choosing a short-term insurance plan.

A grandfather gardening with his grandson
3 Min. Read

3 Myths Surrounding Generational Wealth and Homeownership

Generational wealth is an important and misunderstood topic. While home ownership can be a component of generational wealth, it is only one part of a larger concept.

A man receiving long term care in his home
4 Min. Read

Managing the Costs of Healthcare in Retirement

The costs of healthcare in retirement can stress even well funded retirement plans. There are several ways retirees can plan for and defray the costs of long term care.

A man checks the stock market in the newspaper
5 Min. Read

What a Bear Market Means for Retirees

Depending on where you are in retirement, a bear market can be frightening. However, there are steps retirees can take to safeguard their savings when the market is down.

A senior student hdeading back to campus.
3 Min. Read

Dealing with Student Loan Debt in Retirement

Student debt in retirement is on the rise. If you or someone you know is in this increasingly common situation, here are some options for handling it.

a senior woman dealing with debt in retirement
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Dealing With Debt in Retirement

Retirement debt is an increasing concern. Learn about some debt relief strategies that can help seniors take control of their finances.

A couple working to maximize their investments for retirement
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Investment Strategies to Maximize Retirement Income

Late to saving for retirement? Use these investment strategizes to help you maximize your saving potential, no matter where you are in the savings game.