Welcome to the new year. There has been quite a lot of activity at SCM this past quarter and I would like to share some of the highlights with you…Continue Reading
I learned about a new trend this week, or at least one new to me: “tiny houses”. As I sat in a barber chair, the young stylist described to me her and her boyfriend’s dream…Continue Reading
Summers in Colorado are unique in many ways. While growing up in the Midwest, mine were filled with humidity, bugs and fun times cooling off in the pool. Colorado summers, on the other hand, are hot, dry and bug‐free. Probably the best part of these months in our state are the cool mornings and evenings, sometimes precipitated by a passing thunderstorm after a sweltering hot day. 17-07 Quarterly Economic and Market Update
I returned recently from a financial-education trip to Cuba, where relaxed restrictions now allow us to experience its great culture and fascinating history. The most eye-opening statistic I learned while there is that the average wage Continue Reading…
Last year I wrote about New Year’s resolutions and investor behavior. Before I revisit the slim odds that any of us stuck to our 2016 resolutions, let’s welcome our newest employee to the firm, Matt Oakley.
For more on our latest Market and Economic commentary, click here 17-01 Around the Firm
Many large cities around the country, including our own here in Denver, confront significant traffic issues. Several studies over the years have identified ways to mitigate growing traffic backups, usually by adding lanes, increasing public transit routes, and so on.
However, one study out of Seattle recently concluded that an individual driver has more control than they know,..
For the Q3 2016 Financial Highlighs and more thoughts from Tom Gonnella, click here: 16-10-scm-quarterly-newsletter
With summer in full swing, as parents, our lives are busier now than during the school year – for my wife and I it’s running our boys to all of their activities; swimming, tennis, baseball, and various camps. However much activity we experience this time of year, summer is still a great chance to sit back and watch as our children get to relax from the daily stress of schoolwork and the long days in the classroom.
One of the values of summer break is to allow children the time to refresh and come back to school fully charged. The downside to this extended break is that studies have shown with prolonged time off, kids actually lose some knowledge and skills. There is even a term for this phenomenon: Summer Learning Loss (SLL). Studies have shown the following statistics regarding SLL:
- 2.6 months of math skills are lost over the summer!
- Equivalent of one month of overall learning is lost after summer vacation
- Six weeks in the fall are spent re-learning old material to make up for SLL
- Two months of reading skills are lost over the summer
- By the end of 6th grade, students who have experienced SLL over the years are an average of 2 years behind their peers!
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