As part of her Where Should I Retire series, Silvia Ascarelli helps a couple looking to buy a home for $250,000 or less “in a community that has access to cultural events, good restaurants as well as good biking and hiking.” That’s a tall order, but here are three possible locations.

For your own retirement location search, try MarketWatch’s upgraded retirement location tool, which now includes data for more than 3,000 U.S. counties.

Related: We live in California where $1 million gets you a fixer-upper. Should we stop investing $5,000 a month and buy a home instead?

Funding an early retirement

Selecting a destination is one thing — how about paying for it? Alessandra Malito helps a couple that appear to have prepared well for retirement, but need to get a handle on their expected income and expenses.

Do you have enough to retire? Run your numbers with this free retirement calculator.

Money managers are pushing for bitcoin ETFs — could that be a bearish sign for cryptocurrencies?

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Many asset managers have filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission to establish exchange-traded funds that hold bitcoin
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Some contrarian investors might expect an even higher level of enthusiasm for cryptocurrencies to be a sign of a market top and a likely crash. Mark Hulbert looks back at market history to come up with a result that may sooth bitcoin fans.

More about ETFs:

An excellent earnings season is about to begin

Joy Wiltermuth explains why second-quarter earnings season, which begins next week, is expected to be a peak for corporate profit increases.

More on earnings expectations: Here’s your chance to buy bank stocks before rising interest rates boost profits

The case for a long bull market for stocks

There are always warnings in the financial media about a pending stock-market crash. But Michael Brush outlines a case for another five good years for stocks.

What’s really going on with the delta variant?

Reports have been mixed over whether the current batch of COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer Inc.
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and others protect against the delta variant of the virus. Jaimy Lee takes a deeper look into the data and what scientists are saying about it.

Houston, we have a new tech town

Jon Swartz reports about the wave of technology company relocating to Houston, including Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co.
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What to know about two IPOs

Zevia, which makes beverages from “clean” ingredients and without sugar or artificial sweeteners, has filed to list its shares on the New York Stock Exchange. The ticker symbol will be “ZVIA.” Tonya Garcia shares five things you should know about the company if you are considering an investment.

Dole PLC is also planning to list shares on the NYSE. Here’s what potential investors need to know about this company.

Oil rises again

Oil prices hit their highest level this week since 2014. William Watts explains how disagreements between OPEC members has affected the energy market and what may lie ahead.

Putting money on oil: Here are Wall Street’s 20 favorite energy stocks as crude oil hits a 6-year high

Spain wants you

The Four Seasons Hotel Madrid opened at the height of the pandemic in September.


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Barbara Kollmeyer lives in Madrid and documents a tourist destination that is coming back to life.

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