Top Ten: Weekend reads: Just how crazy is the U.S. housing market right now?


The supply of homes for sale in the U.S. during March was down 52% from a year earlier. Meanwhile, the average listed price for a home increased 15.6%, according to

Here’s more insight into what is happening with the housing market:

How investors can ride the housing wave

Michael Brush says investors shouldn’t be worried about a housing bubble. He also lists homebuilder stocks that should be considered now.

More for investors: These stocks let you tap into the hot housing market

Another shortage

Jeffry Bartash shares an alarming statistic — you might find it hard to believe how much Americans are now paying for used cars.


Coinbase pops

Coinbase Global Inc.

priced its initial public offering at $250. When the stock began to trade on April 14, it opened at $381 and rose as high as $429.54 before settling that day at $328.28 for a market value of $85 billion. Here’s some of the reaction and looks ahead for the cryptocurrency exchange, bitcoin and competitors:

Retiring near ‘a bigger body of water’
A lone fisherman on Lake Carl Blackwell outside Stillwater, Okla.

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Silvia Ascarelli helps a reader who wishes to move from Pittsburgh to be near the ocean or a lake on an annual budget of $40,000. Here are three locations that might fit the bill, among many identified by using the MarketWatch “where should I retire” tool for custom searches.

Click here for more articles helping readers with various retirement location requirements.

Vaccines and blood clots

A small number of people who have received COVID-19 vaccines manufactured by AstraZeneca PLC

or Johnson & Johnson

have developed blood clots, leading to officials in some countries to recommend a halt to the use of the vaccines. Ciara Linnane explains the numbers and what they mean in light of the risk of blood clots from COVID-19 infections.

Read: Johnson & Johnson vaccine pause: What to know if you got or scheduled the shot

People are spending more

Tonya Garcia interviews Bed Bath & Beyond Inc.

CEO Mark Tritton, who explains the retailer’s sales recovery and says it hasn’t resulted from government stimulus.

More coverage of the recovery of consumer spending:

Should Biden’s infrastructure spending include gyms?

Victor Reklaitis looks at efforts by the gym and fitness center industry to be considered “infrastructure” by President Biden and members of Congress and thereby receive assistance under hoped-for infrastructure legislation.

Social Security

If you continued working or returned to work after you began collecting Social Security, you may need to take this important step to avoid a penalty.

Here’s a proposal to expand Social Security and how to pay for it.

The cost of being a fan

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Fan is short for “fanatic.” And that means a real fan will go to games rather than simply watch their favorite teams on TV. Here’s a ranking of NFL teams by how much fans spend each year.

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