Is Remote Work Best for Your Lifestyle?
While some workers return to the office this year, many others continue to work remotely indefinitely. This seismic shift has changed where people live and work and, increasingly, how they travel. In the first quarter of 2022, nearly 25% of job postings at the 50,000 largest companies in the U.S. and Canada were for permanently remote positions, according to the job listing service Ladders. That’s up from a mere 4% before the pandemic. “It has enabled us to extend trips, leave early and work different hours,” says Kirsten Reckman, a credit risk manager...Continue Reading
Newport Folk Festival features stage powered by bicycles
NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — The Newport Folk Festival, known for creating electrifying musical moments — the most famous being Bob Dylan’s decision to plug in his guitar in 1965 — this weekend has a small outer stage that is being powered in part by festival-goers on stationary bicycles. The Bike Stage is the brainchild of the band Illiterate Light, an environmentally conscious indie rock duo from Virginia, who has partnered with a company called Rock the Bike to create a pedal-powered sound system, which they have already been using at small club shows....Continue Reading
Largest pink diamond in 300 years discovered in Angola
By NQOBILE NTSHANGASE JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A big pink diamond of 170 carats has been discovered in Angola and is claimed to be the largest such gemstone found in 300 years. Called the “Lulo Rose,” the diamond was found at the Lulo alluvial diamond mine, the mine’s owner, the Lucapa Diamond Company, announced Wednesday on its website. “Only one in 10,000 diamonds is colored pink. So you’re certainly looking at a very rare article when you find a very large pink diamond,” Lucapa CEO Stephen Wetherall told The Associated Press. The pink gemstone...Continue Reading
The RealReal Expands into Trading Cards and Comics Grading Services with Partnership with Beckett Collectibles
SAN FRANCISCO, July 27, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The RealReal (Nasdaq: REAL)—the world’s largest online marketplace for authenticated, resale luxury goods—today announced its exclusive partnership with Beckett Collectibles to provide expedited grading services exclusively for customers of The RealReal. In 2021, The RealReal expanded its business by launching its Collectibles category, selling items from comic books and trading cards, to figures and skate decks. In 2022 alone, search demand within the collectibles category has more than doubled, with consignments increasing by more than 48% since the start of the year. To meet the...Continue Reading
Purchasing Your First Private Jet
When your biggest problem is figuring out what type of private jet to charter for your next trip, you have probably done well in accomplishing your investing and lifestyle goals. If you aren’t sure which jet type is right for you, here is an overview to get you started. Starting from Small Compact Light Jets, sometimes referred to as VLJs, or Very Light Jets, informal classifications range up to what in industry lingo are called Bizliners, essentially the types of planes you might find being flown commercially by regional airlines and even Boeing...Continue Reading
Is an All Inclusive Resort Worth It?
Whether you’re planning to holiday in Mexico, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica or other parts of Caribbean, your resort will most likely off an all inclusive package. So is the all inclusive option really worth it? Or will you end up paying extra for food and beverages you don’t end up wanting or needing? The Celebrity Treatment Whether all-inclusive vacations are a good value or not depends on what you’re looking to get out of a holiday. Since everything is paid for in one package price, there’s no need to worry about...Continue Reading
Is Real Estate Investing Right for You?
If you’re tired of the 9 to 5 grind, investing in real estate could be your path to achieve financial independence and retire early. Most successful investors can spend more time doing the things they love. Instead of worrying about deadlines or a pushy boss, they work a few hours every month. Many investors purchase luxurious vacation homes that can also earn money on VRBO and AirBNB. The first step to unlocking this freedom is getting together enough cash for your first down payment on a new property.Continue Reading
Purchasing Your First Luxury Automobile
Once you have enough invested that price is no longer an issue, you may want to shop around for a luxury vehicle. Here are the specifications for a few different levels luxury automobiles so you can compare: 2023 Rolls-Royce Phantom Specifications ESTIMATED BASE PRICES: Phantom, $450,000;Phantom EWB, $500,000 ENGINE TYPE: twin-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 48-valve V-12, aluminum block and heads, direct fuel injection Displacement: 412 cu in, 6749 ccPower: 563 hp @ 5000 rpmTorque: 664 lb-ft @ 1700 rpm TRANSMISSION: 8-speed automatic DIMENSIONS:Wheelbase: 139.8-148.5 inLength: 227.2-235.8 inWidth: 79.4 in Height: 64.8-65.2 inTrunk volume: 19 cu ftCurb weight (C/D est): 5650-5750 lb PERFORMANCE (C/D EST):Zero to 60 mph: 4.5-4.6...Continue Reading
Choosing a Next Gen Console for Your Family
The PS5 vs Xbox Series X debate remains intense. Reviewers we were suitably impressed with both games consoles and remain so, with the two machines gaining more features and games as the latest generation gathers pace. But if you can only choose one, you’ll want to find out which one is best for you. PS5 vs. Xbox Series X: Specs PS5 Xbox Series X Price $500 (PS5); $400 (PS5 Digital Edition) $500 Key Exclusives Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Horizon II: Forbidden West, Gran Turismo 7 Halo Infinite, Senua’s Saga: Hellblade 2, Forza Motorsport 8, State of Decay 3...Continue Reading
Choosing Between a Hybrid and Electric Vehicle
The difference between hybrid and electric cars comes down to how the car is powered. A hybrid is powered by both a combustion engine and electric motor, with separate batteries for each. An electric vehicle uses only a battery and an electric motor to run. Both have a lower environmental impact than gas-only cars, but they differ in upfront cost, driving ranges, maintenance costs, and ease of refueling or charging. Pros and cons of hybrid vs. electric cars Consider these factors when deciding which is better for you, hybrid or electric cars: Homeowner...Continue Reading