Consumer Confidence Unfazed by Interest Rates

It’s time for another check in on Consumer Confidence. Here’s the data as of July: At 73.6, the Present Situation Index increased 7% between June and July and has gained 264% from its December 2009 low point. The Present Situation Index now sits at its highest level since May 2008. The Expectations Index fell slightly […]

Consumer Confidence Hits 5-Year High

It’s time for another check in on Consumer Confidence. Here’s the data as of June: At 69.2, the Present Situation Index has gained 243% from its December 2009 low point, and sits at its higest level since June 2008. The expectations index also rose in June, gaining 11% from its May level. Apparently rising rates […]

The Guardian Needs a New Finance & Economics Editor

Somehow I was directed this week to a recent opinion column by the Guardian’s “US finance and economics editor” Heidi Moore: Don’t be fooled by the false economic recovery Obviously, I love a good contrarian argument. Unfortunately, this piece is far from good. Take the consumer confidence numbers, which are measured every month by the […]

Consumer Confidence Dips Again in March

It’s time for another update of our interactive chart of Consumer Confidence. You can drag the time sliders below the chart to view data going all the way back to 1998. Here’s the data as of March: At 57.9, the Present Situation Index has gained 187% from its December 2009 low point, but fell 6% […]

Consumer Confidence Bounces Back Up in February

It’s time for another update of our interactive chart of Consumer Confidence. You can drag the time sliders below the chart to view data going all the way back to 1998. Here’s the data as of February: At 63.3, the Present Situation Index has gained 213% from its December 2009 low point, and rose 13% […]

Consumer Confidence: Surprise Dip in January

It’s time for another update of our interactive chart of Consumer Confidence. You can drag the time sliders below the chart to view data going all the way back to 1998. Here’s the data as of January: Powered by Tableau At 57.3, the Present Situation Index has gained 184% from its December 2009 low point, […]

Consumer Confidence: Expectations Dipped in December

It’s time for another update of our interactive chart of Consumer Confidence. You can drag the time sliders below the chart to view data going all the way back to 1998. Here’s the data as of December: Powered by Tableau At 62.8, the Present Situation Index has gained 211% from its December 2009 low point, […]