Jose Rafael Ledesma

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Trend spotting: How to get the 'farmhouse modern' look

In 2014, Manhattan Beach architect David Watson started getting requests to design and remodel homes in what clients were referring to as "farmhouse modern." It marked a shift from the more typical requests of his South Bay clients to create beach-friendly Hamptons-inspired houses. Two years later, …

10 Garden Ideas to Steal from the High Line in New York City

A New York itinerary essential is an afternoon walking the High Line, a public park on Manhattan’s West Side built around a defunct elevated …

Investment Manager Explains Why 99.5% Of Americans Can Never Win

<i>Beyond the charts and warnings from economists and investors, perhaps the most disturbing commentary on income inequality in America was written by an investment manager in 2011.</i><p><i>"In my view, the American dream of striking it rich is merely a well-marketed fantasy that keeps the bottom 99.5% hoping</i> …

Income Inequality

The 80/20 Rule of Analytics Every CMO Should Know

With all the talk about Big Data and Predictive Analytics – both of which involve complex, advanced skills and tools, driving millions of dollars in marketing – it is hard to believe in the power of simple analytics.<p>The truth, however, is that only 20-30% of the decisions really need the use of …

The Five Questions Every Investor Should Ask

I’m amazed at how often people get into heated discussions about the minutiae of their portfolios, with long debates over the effect of value tilt, last week’s jobs numbers, whether the EU crisis means we should focus less on international markets, or the short term performance of their …

Ryanair: Is it really Europe's most punctual airline?

<b>Ryanair has announced record profits this week, and the purchase of 175 new Boeing airliners. It's evidently one of Europe's most successful airlines at present - but has it even so been blowing its own trumpet a bit too much?</b><p>Ever heard the cheerful jingle on a Ryanair plane as it touches down on …

Aviation

Game Predictions for Grizzlies vs. Spurs in Western Conference Finals

As the Memphis Grizzlies make not only their fans, but many other NBA fans believe this team can shake their sad past and reach the NBA Finals, they meet a San Antonio Spurs team determined to defy its core's age. While this Western Conference finals series is a rematch of a first-rounder from …

NBA

Will American's New Boarding Process Work? It Failed At Virgin America

Give American Airlines credit for trying a new method to board passengers more quickly. Airlines constantly tinker with the boarding process, and this time American says it has found a way to cut an average of two minutes from the 40 minutes to 45 minutes that a narrowbody aircraft spends at the …

7 Tips From Entrepreneurs On How To Have A Fearless Career

But fears at work can be particularly debilitating. <i>What if I fail? What if I'm not good enough? What if the ground opens up and swallows my cubicle whole?</i><p>Letting fear get the best of you at your job can keep you from getting the recognition that you deserve—whether it hinders you from nabbing a …

Entrepreneurship

How to Hire Great Employees

Investors say they invest in people as much as they invest in ideas, and when it comes to your company, it is not just top management that can make or break your business. Unpleasant or dissatisfied employees, poorly trained workers, rapid turnover, or a toxic work environment can all predestine …

Leadership Lesson: The Difference Between Google and Apple

Google and Apple are both highly esteemed brands. Both companies share many common traits which have contributed to their success, but there is one very big difference between the two – Google plays offense while Apple has recently settled for playing defense. Apple is struggling to maintain its …

FELIX ZULAUF: Stocks Remind Me Of Gold And They Could See A 'Quick And Painful Adjustment'

Some have tried to compare the current peak to the stock market tops we've seen in 2000 and 2007.<p>However, many -- like Reformed Broker Josh Brown -- are quick to remind everyone that the comparisons stop with nominal price. Relative to earnings, stocks are clearly much more reasonably priced than …

Stock Markets