Marc Andreessen’s $177 million Malibu dream house topped the list of luxury home purchases last year. See the other lavish properties in Palm Beach, the Hamptons and beyond. A drop in luxury housing inventory and increased buyer demand drove the high-end real estate market to record prices in 2021 , with several sales in the United States eclipsing the $100-million mark. As the pandemic continued, the ultra-wealthy sought second (and third) homes to add to their portfolios and were willing to spend a fortune to make their residences more comfortable for extended periods. Oceanfront estates in Malibu, Palm Beach and the Hamptons claimed most of the highest sales last year, but a condominium tower in New York also ranked among the most expensive. Home buyers weren’t simply paying for glamorous locations and vast amounts of square footage. Among the luxurious amenities included in these mega-purchases were a retinal scanner for master bedroom access and a funicular that leads … [Read more...] about The Most Expensive U.S. Real Estate Sales For 2021
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Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin At the peak of the pandemic, experts speculated Covid-19 had sped up the adoption of digital technologies by seven years . This year isn’t any different as e-commerce continues to accelerate, and physical stores remain just as important with unique retail experiences coming back in full force. Moving past the hype of livestream commerce, QR codes and checkout-free stores, this year will see three key trends with the metaverse, tokenized communities and dark stores – all of which are shaped by Web 3.0 and supply chain chaos. Shopping in the metaverse Gaming is already the world’s largest entertainment industry, surpassing music and movies with the Asia Pacific region expected to generate $41 billion in revenue by 2025 across the projected one billion gamers. Though not exactly a new concept or innovation, the metaverse has no boundaries, rules or objectives unlike an online RPG (role-playing game) environment. Tech’s … [Read more...] about 3 Key Trends That Will Shape Asia Retail In 2022
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin As NFTs (Non Fungible Tokens) gain popularity as a way of owning digital assets and joining tokenized communities, it’s becoming clear that this use of the blockchain could drive more than just innovation in technology and ownership structures. There are signs that this new way of creating and collecting art could also drive advances in diversity, equity and inclusion in historically inequitable spaces. I talked to some experts and leaders in the space to better understand these implications. Representation Traditional art spaces are notorious for being homogenous, with US museum collections consisting of 85% white and 87% male artists. Through NFTs, a more diverse range of artists are able to gain exposure without having to go through traditional gatekeepers. Sian Morson is the founder and editor of TheBlkChain , a platform whose mission is to amplify the work of women, BIPOC and LGBTQ artists and collectors … [Read more...] about The Diversity, Equity And Inclusion Potential Of NFTs
Apple iPad price in India starts at Rs 30,900 for the base WiFi model. The tablet space remained pretty much dead in India until some Android smartphone manufacturers decided to resurrect the segment in 2021. The likes of Realme, Motorola, and even Samsung launched budget tablets under Rs 20,000 in India. However, Apple continues to be the only company regularly offering different iPad models in the country across various price points. Yes, the entry point of the iPad models isn’t as affordable as its Android competitors but even the entry-level iPad offers significantly more value for the price you pay. In September 2021, Apple refreshed the iPad and launched it with improved internals, and doubled the storage for the same price as the predecessor. So, is the entry-level iPad 10.2 “the iPad” to buy? After using the tablet for a few days, here is our ninth-generation Apple iPad review to help you decide. iPad review Apple does not fiddle around much with the design of its … [Read more...] about Apple iPad Review: The budget iPad to buy in 2022?
The metaverse seems to be the latest investing megatrend that's caught the attention of investors and the news media. Before you discount this as just another passing fad, ARK Invest founder and respected technology pundit, Cathie Wood, told CNBC in December that the metaverse could be a "multi-trillion dollar opportunity" and that it will impact "every sector in ways that we cannot even imagine right now." For savvy tech investors, this sounds like an opportunity that could be too good to pass up. We asked three Fool contributors to highlight one metaverse stock they would buy right now without hesitation. They came up with Meta Platforms ( NASDAQ:FB ) , Unity ( NYSE:U ) , and Digital Realty Trust ( NYSE:DLR ) . Image source: Getty Images. 1. Meta Platforms: The name says it all Danny Vena (Meta Platforms): While the massive potential represented by the metaverse is certainly an appealing idea to investors, they will also want to exercise care. … [Read more...] about 3 Top Metaverse Stocks I’d Buy Right Now Without Any Hesitation
Throughout much of 2021, cryptocurrencies have proved unstoppable. The world's largest digital currency, Bitcoin , has nearly doubled in value from where it began the year. Further, the aggregate value of all cryptocurrencies has more than tripled to $2.62 trillion, as of Dec. 1. Though there are more than 15,000 cryptocurrencies now listed by CoinMarketCap.com, it's dog-themed meme coin Shiba Inu ( CRYPTO:SHIB ) that's captured the attention of investors. Crypto investors have flocked to dog-themed coins in 2021. Image source: Getty Images. After going to the moon, Shiba Inu is now plummeting When the year began, a SHIB token could be purchased for a microscopic $0.000000000073. But by Oct. 27, Shiba Inu had hit an all-time high of $0.00008841. In going from 10 zeroes down to four, it delivered a peak year-to-date gain of more than 121,000,000%. This means investors who put $1 to work in SHIB at midnight on Jan. 1 would have been millionaires on Oct. 27 . … [Read more...] about 3 Cryptocurrencies That Crushed Shiba Inu in November