American students are falling behind students in countries who have shorter summers because of year-round education. In a recent study of 34 countries, done by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, 15-year-old Americans were positioned 14th in reading, 17th in science, and 25th in math (Granderson). American students are falling behind in their studies in comparison to other countries. Higher test scores from year-round schooling will benefit not only the students but the economy. The U.S. could potentially “gain $41 over the lifetime of the generation born in 2010” if in the next 20 years if students improve their score in reading, math, and science by 25 points.
Balance Sheet vertical Analysis: Costco’s long-term debt was 5.1% of their original asset in 2012; it is increased to 14.5% of their total assets in 2015. During the past four years, Costco Wholesale Corporation had a 9% increase in their long-term debt as shown on the vertical analysis of the balance sheet. There are few main causes to this change. Firstly, In December 2012, Costco issued $3,500 million of Senior Notes to fund the business, these notes are payable in 2015 2017, and 2019. Secondly, the Japanese Costco Subsidiary issued approximately $102 million of promissory notes with 1.05% interest that is due in May 2023, then the same subsidiary got an approximately $102 three-year term loan in July of 2013, which bears an interest
The business outlook at Tesla Motors, Inc. (TSLA) is intriguing. While the electric vehicle manufacturer has reported operating losses in every year since its IPO, the company has certainly been exciting auto enthusiasts. Much of the recent interest in the company is due to the introduction of its lower-priced Model 3, a car that could boost the auto maker’s production output by five or even tenfold in the coming years. As an investment, Tesla is an interesting selection, as well. While sales growth has been explosive, the company still isn’t making money.
throughout the 21st century there has been an enormous amount of changes that have affected our American society and advancements. Examples include technological advances, pieces of legislation and important historical figures. The smartphone has played the most important role in these advancements because of the integration into schools, social media and ability to stay connected with distant family members and friends. A perfect example that sets the stage for how smartphones have affected and are currently affecting society is the integration of them into the education systems across the world. In the past adults had the impression that smartphones were affecting how kids learned, in a negative way, and interfered with the basic pencil
Does the acquisition make strategic and financial sense? Provide a concise explanation in support of your assessment. (250 words max) Ans 2) Microsoft must have valued LinkedIn over $26 billion. This is more than 8 times the LinkedIn revenue of last 12 months ( $3.2 billion).The ratio is ~5 times Trailing twelve months for public companies on market places shows that price paid/valued by Microsoft is premium. However it is important to note that this is the best time for Microsoft to purchase LinkedIn (as the market cap is 60% of what it was compared to last year and it reached lowest in February 2016).There are half a billion users whose professional data and behavior is up for sale and Microsoft gets it in the right time.
Despite the few advantages, these devices have created a growing problem on society such as distraction and mental health issues. Smartphones have revolutionized humanity. In Shaw Nielsen's, "Smartphones Mean You Will No Longer Have to Memorize Facts," the writer discusses how people's memorization skills have been replaced by smartphones. Many cell phones have also replaced direct
Because of its strong position on online banking and mortgages originator and servicer, BofA started its mobile banking and tries to seek opportunities to capture mortgage service users by letting them to sign up mortgages through mobile. Due to financial crisis effect, many banks are facing hard times with lower number of transaction rates, and BofA is one of it. Even with the tremendous early investment spending, in year 2009, it was able to achieve $6.2 billion net income, which was considered high among bank industry. Its cost per transaction was estimated at around $0.10, but these were expected to drop to $0.03-0.04 as service get scaled and
How is it going to influence the world? And how long it can be maintained? One clear example is when China which provides up to 90 percent of the world’s rare earth supply began to reduce its annual export of rare earths by 40 percent in July 2010. As you can see from the diagram, the price of rare earths rose up drastically due to China’s action. According to Sydney-based Lynas Corp (2010), “the price of neodymium oxide used in magnets in BlackBerrys has surged more than fourfold to $88.5 a kilogram from $19.12 in 2010 because of rising demand and reduced supply from China”.
The average cost of a pack of cigarettes is about $6.30 which means for a pack-a-day smoker they are looking at $188 a month or about $2,100 a year. With that money, you could easily satisfy yourself with something longer lasting and beneficial. E-Cigarette users spend about $400 to $600 a year on coils for the atomizer and juice to operate the device. A bottle of E-Liquid can cost as low as $20 and it will last just under a month while traditional cigarette users spend about $188. E-Cigarette users save almost $1500 a year because they made the decision to switch and save money.
Aspartame is the only suitable replacement for sugar (that has so far been discovered). Being 200 times sweeter than normal sugar, many corporations have concluded that aspartame is better to use since consumers won’t use as much of it. Although aspartame is very expensive at $85 per pound, whereas raw sugar is about $30 per pound, paying the extra $55 has proven to be cost-efficient. Soft drinks gain more and more popularity every year. Soft drink sales increase at an annual rate of 2% and diet soda’s increase at a rate of 11% annually.