Happy Friday, MarketWatchers! While you’re taking a break from preparing for Amazon Prime Day next week, check out these top stories:

Personal Finance
How Jeffrey Epstein allegedly targeted girls from disadvantaged backgrounds who were most vulnerable to abuse

The sexual-assault victimization rate among those from households making less than $7,500 is 12 times that of those making more than $75,000.

My new wife wanted to live with me for free, even though she had $800,000 in the bank—so I asked her to move out

This man wants to know how they should split their assets.

Here’s what the recent earthquakes could do to California’s shaky housing market

Historically, natural disasters cause trouble in housing markets. Will California prove more resilient?

Why Mila Kunis uses Groupon and calls herself ‘a really great promo-coder’

The ‘Bad Moms’ star tells herself, ‘You don’t need to buy that plastic bottle — we have plenty of water in the sink.’

President Trump’s former adviser clashes with Playboy writer at social-media summit — ‘You’re not a journalist, you’re a punk!’

President Trump hosted right-wing media personalities at the White House on Thursday to discuss social media, but Facebook and Twitter were not invited.

How Amazon and Walmart’s next-day shipping could bust your budget

Etsy says it will support sellers to help them offer free shipping on orders of $35 or more, while Sam’s Club has introduced same-day pickup

Amid new Jeffrey Epstein allegations, here’s how to help a victim of child sex trafficking

Experts share how to spot the signs of child exploitation and ways you can help.

Here’s how Amazon Prime Day’s deals stack up against sales at Walmart, Target and Best Buy

More retailers are competing for buyers’ attention with July sales events — but not all deals are created equally.

Jeffrey Epstein’s $56 million mansion could become a real-estate nightmare

What happens to the value of homes tainted with scandal?

The secret to curbing your cigarette, alcohol and junk food cravings could be spending more time outside

A growing body of research links nature therapy with physical and mental health benefits, as well as boosting productivity.

Elsewhere with MarketWatch
Trump pushes trade pact with Mexico, Canada as he hits Midwestern battlegrounds

President Donald Trump on Friday pushed Congress to pass the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, stumping for the trade deal as he raised campaign cash in two critical Midwestern battleground states.

Donald Trump is right about bitcoin

President Trump is right to say that cryptocurrencies have no fundamental value, writes Brett Arends.

Mortgage rates hold steady at long-time lows, good news for borrowers

Rates for home loans didn’t change much in a week when financial markets saw a lot of action, but by sticking near their lowest levels of the past few years, they’re providing a tailwind for buyers.

Fannie, Freddie need explicit government guarantee, securities industry group says

A securities industry group has put the government on alert that any effort to release Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac from conservatorship must have a spelled-out government guarantee, arguing that an implied backstop won’t be enough, as it was in 2008, and will cause investors to flee the market for mortgage-backed securities.

Another reason your wages are low: it’s cheaper to hire convicts

U.S. workers must compete against low-paid workers in other countries, but they also face another source of competition much closer to home: prison labor.

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