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Can I still buy a home if I have nearly $600,000 in student debt and can I vote in person if I have COVID-19 or I’m quarantining?

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By Andrew Keshner

Happy Monday MarketWatchers. Don’t miss these top stories:

I have nearly $600,000 in student debt after getting four college degrees. Can I still buy a home?

The coronavirus pandemic has complicated the process mortgage lenders use to underwrite home loans for people with student debt.

Mehrsa Baradaran, author of ‘The Color of Money,’ on why giving people civil and political rights isn’t enough

'One of the things that happens is in the neoliberal era, in the 1970s, is that banking became technical and not political; it also became really complicated. '

I am a white woman of privilege and a single mother. I need a ‘zinger’ to stop my sister-in-law telling me why I have it so good

The Moneyist reveals his 5 golden rules for dealing with difficult people.

Can I vote in person if I have COVID-19 or I’m quarantining?

Here’s the CDC guidance on voting if you’ve recently been exposed to the coronavirus

Some Americans are stocking up on cash, gas and food to prepare for possible Election Day unrest

‘My son's safety is my first priority and I never would have thought that a presidential election would cause me to fear for his safety,’ one woman said.

Can Justin Bieber score a $9 million asking price on his Beverly Hills home?

After purchasing a posh, $25.8 million pad in the uber-exclusive enclave of Beverly Park, CA, the pop star Justin Bieber and his model wife, Hailey Baldwin, are letting go of their smaller but no less impressive Beverly Hills mansion, Variety reports.

What is a poll watcher and who’s allowed to be one on Election Day? Not just anyone

President Donald Trump says he wants his supporters ‘to go into the polls and watch very carefully.’

From a Kansas cattle rancher to a Florida day trader, voters tell MarketWatch the money worries behind their choice for president

'One day I was working and the next day I found out I could never work again.'

‘It’s a grim cut off’: Washington abandoned a stimulus deal, so much of America’s temporary financial safety net will expire

The help that Americans have been getting with rent, unemployment benefits, student loans, paid leave and more is scheduled to end soon.

‘It is now a full-blown depression for domestic workers.’ Nannies, house cleaners and home-care workers struggle as other job sectors bounce back

Meanwhile, some highly-educated nannies are finding work for families dealing with remote schooling.

Elsewhere on MarketWatch

Federal judge rejects Republican effort to throw out 127,000 ‘drive-thru’ Houston votes

A federal judge on Monday rejected another last-ditch Republican effort to invalidate nearly 127,000 votes in Houston because the ballots were cast at drive-thru polling centers established during the pandemic.

Here’s where the economy stands as the U.S. chooses between Trump and Biden

Just days before the 2020 election, President Trump is touting record growth in the economy in a last-ditch effort to persuade voters to stick with him. Yet Democratic rival Joe Biden says the U.S. is stuck in a “deep hole” and that the recovery is in danger of stalling. Here’s where the economy really stands.

Trump takes polling lead in North Carolina and Biden remains ahead in other battlegrounds, with one day until election

On the eve of Election Day, President Donald Trump edges ahead of Joe Biden in North Carolina polling, according to one widely followed average of surveys, but Trump remains behind overall in swing states.

Johnny Depp is a wife beater, judge rules in libel case

Actor Johnny Depp has lost his libel case against the publishers of The Sun newspaper over an article that called him a “wife beater.”

‘Diverse perspectives lead to better decision making’: Ariel Investments’ John Rogers Jr. pushes corporate boards to have their own ‘Jackie Robinson moment’

Black households are almost twice as likely not to have any stock-market investments, one recent study shows.

The stock market’s ‘presidential predictor’ is forecasting a Biden victory

The S&P 500 index on Friday closed below its July 31 finish, a move that turns the “Presidential Predictor” in favor of a victory by Democratic challenger Joe Biden over President Donald Trump in the Nov. 3 election.

‘Vote with your ballot, not your life savings’: This veteran stock investor is sticking to his strategy no matter who wins the 2020 presidential election

DFA founder David Booth: Presidential term is a blip on a lifelong investment horizon.

Andrew Keshner is a personal finance reporter based in New York.

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