Personal Finance Daily: Weird things Americans steal and how much we spend on pumpkin carving

Happy Monday, MarketWatchers! And a very happy Halloween to those celebrating. Now let’s make sure your personal finances aren’t spooky and scary. Check out today’s top stories.

Personal Finance
Four reasons to consider a reverse mortgage when you retire

This financial tool can mitigate against retiring just as the stock market tumbles.

10 bizarre things Americans steal during the holidays

Shoplifting ends up costing the average consumer an extra $50 during the holiday season.

Is buying a pair of Ivanka Trump shoes a political endorsement?

A new survey found more than half of millennial women would still buy shoes from the daughter of current Republican presidential candidate.

If you thought the pumpkin spice craze was a bit much, look at this number

Americans will spend $650 million just on carving pumpkins this year.

The secret to staying young is broccoli and cabbage

Scientists have found anti-aging properties in produce including broccoli, cabbage and avocados.

Looking to buy a home? Start with these websites and apps

There is no shortage of online resources and apps to help prospective buyers think critically about how much mortgage they’d truly be comfortable with — regardless of what the bank may be willing to lend.

How I decided to give cash to kids this Halloween

I have my own alternative to the ‘Cash for Candy’ campaign, says Chuck Jaffe.

Fears of a clown: Clown trade group reacts to being singled out for Halloween costume bans

Clown ensembles are deemed too creepy, but vampire and zombie costumes pass school officials’ muster?

5 things to know before buying a winter vacation home

Costs can climb, and you may want to try renting first.

Is this the key to finally getting Americans to save money?

Some say apps and chat bots could be the answers to our empty bank accounts.

Elsewhere on MarketWatch
Trump’s biggest supporters won’t bear the cost of his presidency

Brett Arends says he is watching armies of elderly people decide to impose terrible risks, without shame, on their own children and grandchildren by supporting Donald Trump. Those who will pay the price are the young and the middle-aged, who as a group don’t support him.

Clinton’s unfavorable rating hits new high in poll | Trump targets Democratic states in final sprint

Hillary Clinton’s unfavorable rating hits a new high; Donald Trump targets Democratic states; early turnout tilts toward Democrats; and more.

The stock market could crash if Donald Trump is elected president

Donald Trump’s policies would curtail imports and slam the brakes on the U.S. economy. That would spill over to the rest of the world.

White House says it won’t criticize Comey — but points to practices FBI should uphold

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has to uphold “norms, traditions and guidelines” to limit public discussion of investigations, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Monday.

‘Single-digit millionaires’ like Hulk Hogan can’t afford justice, says Peter Thiel

Venture capitalist Peter Thiel said Monday that a “single-digit millionaire” like pro wrestler Hulk Hogan can’t get access to the U.S. legal system, as Thiel defended his decision to finance a lawsuit against Gawker Media on Hogan’s behalf.

CNN drops Hillary Clinton ally Donna Brazile

The interim director of a key body to help Democrats get elected resigned as a political commentator at CNN amid allegations she funneled at least one debate question to longtime political ally Hillary Clinton last spring.

Down payments are half what they were nearly 30 years ago

There are a lot of headwinds standing in the way of saving up for a down payment, so buyers cast a wide net, and put down increasingly smaller stakes.

The economy won’t save Trump (but it might challenge Clinton)

It’s not super, may be improving, but it’s as good as we have a right to expect, says Tim Mullaney.

Consumer spending accelerates in September – and so does inflation

Americans increased spending in September by the fastest amount in three months, but they were also more frugal in mid-to-late summer than they were in the spring.

15 third-quarter earnings winners include Netflix, Amazon and Adobe

S&P 500 member companies have turned around a profit slump, says Phil van Doorn.

Know when to fold ’em: The stock market just gave us 3 ominous ‘tells’

Taking his place among some of the stock market’s most pessimistic doomsayers, Graham Summers, chief market strategist at Phoenix Capital Research, has been extremely bearish on equities for a long time. This is his latest warning.

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