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Oct. 31, 2020, 9:24 a.m. EDT

Weekend reads: A pandemic opportunity to be a digital nomad

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By Philip van Doorn

Maybe it is a bit much to call the COVID-19 pandemic an opportunity, but several countries have made it easier to obtain remote work visas.

If you are working remotely and would like to experience life in another country, here are the details about five countries where you can live and work for one or two years , including visa application requirements.

Regardless of who wins the presidential election on Tuesday or which party controls the House of Representatives, the Senate or both, you can be sure to hear plenty about the U.S. Supreme Court and constitutional “originalism.” Donald F. Kettl, the Sid Richardson Professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin, looks at what Thomas Jefferson and James Madison have to say about that.

No matter your politics, you can choose to embrace the uncertainty — and do these five things instead .

Mark Hulbert looks at the results of an academic study that concludes gambling (not investing) in the stock market outweighs all other forms of gambling in casinos or through other means by 3½ times. He also shares a list of “ lottery stocks ” cited by Alok Kumar of the University of Miami, one of the study’s authors.

More from Hulbert: Most investors now expect the U.S. stock market to crash like it did in October 1987 — why that’s good news

Quentin Fottrell visited Venice and talked to several local residents who shared their experiences during Italy’s pandemic lockdown and their longer-term concerns for the city .

Michael Brush expects economic growth to heat up during 2021, setting up these three cyclical dividend stocks as good investment for high yields.

Silvia Ascarelli helps a couple with plenty of money saved up but no idea on where to live when they stop working. They want to move away from the Houston traffic to a pretty place with moderate weather .

Need help finding your retirement destination? Try the MarketWatch retirement location tool for customized suggestions.

Alessandra Malito breaks down changes to the Internal Revenue Service’s rules about account contributions and tax deductions for 2021 .

More tax rules: Just sold your home? Here’s how to take advantage of one of the most valuable personal income tax breaks on the books

Most of the U.S. will push its clocks back an hour early Sunday. This twice-yearly activity is more disruptive than you might think — making the problem of inadequate sleep even worse. Michael S. Jaffee, a neurologist at the University of Florida, has studied the effects of lack of proper sleep on the brain, and argues that it’s time for us to stop changing our clocks .

Alessandra Malito helps a 40-year-old teacher who is desperate to retire early and owns three rental properties to supplement her income. There are many moving parts to consider when planning to end a career early, including how rental income relates to Social Security contributions and, of course, health insurance.

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