In 2010, increasing health care costs do not appear to be a significant factor in hiring decisions be employers. Employers are essentially transferring increased costs to employee contributions.
Education is the fatal flaw in the U.S. competitive position. How long can the U.S. remain ahead of the pack if the education and training of our citizenry keeps losing ground?
Investors are not valuing stocks in the same way that has been done for several decades. The question of why is examined in detail.
Stock investor response to the financial crisis indicates an expectation of lowered future corporate earnings. Historic relations between valuation of stocks and bonds are not the same post crisis as they have been in the preceding decades.
In spite of periods of strong positive correlation, the 10-year U.S. Treasury bond yield and the Nikeei 225 stock index have periods of poor and even negative correlation. One year periods were analyzed.