Gold prices are weaker in early U.S. trading Friday, losing early modest gains in the immediate aftermath of a U.S. jobs report that beat market expectations. June gold was last down $4.30 at $1,279.20 an ounce. Spot gold was last quoted down $10.00 at $1,281.75. May Comex silver last traded up $0.011 at $19.00 an ounce.
Healthcare spending surged at a 10% rate in the first quarter of Obamacare. If 10% growth is sustained, healthcare spending will eat half the economy in about ten years. Cost containment must now rise to the top of the agenda. Digital Healthcare can help by making healthcare pricing transparent, enabling consumers to find good value, and bringing market discipline to healthcare.
An ideal retirement investment should have three characteristics. It should offer a decent dividend yield. The dividend should be safe and reliable. And to protect against the ravages of inflation in your retirement years, the income stream should rise over time. Forbes contributor Charles Sizemore says, "Surprisingly, most “income” investments fail at least one of these."