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Sept. 26, 2020, 7:56 a.m. EDT

Weekend reads: Your money or your pickup truck

Also, a retirement quiz, clean energy stocks and where to live

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By Philip van Doorn, MarketWatch

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A love affair with expensive vehicles may sum up financial difficulty for many people.

During such a difficult year, with millions of people becoming unemployed under circumstances they couldn’t have imagined, bankruptcy has gone from being an abstract idea to reality. But hindsight can provide insight. Ben Carlson takes a thoughtful look at some of the long-term buying and borrowing choices people have made, and boils the facts down to some simple advice about how to improve your overall financial health.

Can you build a retirement nest egg?

Mark Hulbert offers a quick quiz to help you gauge your financial smarts. Financial illiteracy leads to dangerous investment behavior that can endanger your retirement.

Boiling it down: Kevin O’Leary says investing $100 a week will make you a millionaire by retirement

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The hiking at Upper Table Rock and Lower Table Rock is about 15 miles north of Medford, Ore.

Where should you live?

This week Silvia Ascarelli helps a couple who plan to retire in five years and want to move out of Michigan to an affordable city with an easier climate that offers plenty of cultural and outdoor activities.

Try the MarketWatch retirement location tool here .

More money questions

MarketWatch’s Moneyist weighs in when a husband asks: “My wife had a baby in June. She has $140,000 in student loans — and just asked for my ‘blessing’ to work part time”.

The Chevy Bolt. Shares of General Motors trade very low to earnings estimates.

A time for value stocks?

There are five coronavirus vaccines in final testing stages. If you are confident the deployment of vaccines will lead to a sustained economic recovery, it may be best to turn your focus to value stocks now. Here are 30 stocks in the S&P 500 priced cheapest to 2022 earnings estimates.

This bubble may burst

Home sales continue to surge, but Keith Jurow looks ahead to a looming problem for the U.S. housing market. Foreclosure and eviction moratoriums have been extended through the end of the year, but that’s just around the corner.

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Clean energy stocks

Debbie Carlson explains why the market for alternative energy stocks has changed (after years of underperformance), and why the long-term path ahead looks very good.

Also: Climate change has now reached a tipping point among global investors

Social Security — this election and beyond

Brett Arends explains the long-term problems with Social Security — this isn’t a partisan argument, but based on numbers crunched by the Congressional Budget Office. Without changes, the system may be forced to lower payments as soon as 10 years from now.

Related: Here’s how much your Social Security payments will rise next year

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A memorial in front of the U.S. Supreme Court for the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in Washington, D.C.

What next for the Supreme Court

As Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg lies in state in the U.S. Capitol, Andrew Keshner and Jacob Passy look ahead at four upcoming cases before the high court that have money implications for families and businesses.

Also: 5 things to know about Trump’s possible Supreme Court picks — including how Barbara Lagoa could help Trump win Florida

And This chart shows which of Trump’s Supreme Court possibilities is the one most likely to stay conservative

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Philip van Doorn writes the "Deep Dive" investing column for MarketWatch. Follow him on Twitter @PhilipvanDoorn.

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