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January 11, 2019

Consumer Spending Update: Economic Confidence Takes a Hit in the New Year

Following a rocky few months on Wall Street and the partial government shutdown at the end of December, consumer confidence struggles to keep up the enthusiasm felt throughout 2018.

December 14, 2018

Consumer Spending Update: Economic Confidence Closes Out 2018 Among Four-Year Highs

Although 2018 didn’t end with the same fervor of economic confidence that we saw at the beginning of the year, the final numbers are certainly nothing to sneeze at.

December 6, 2018

Americans Worry Less About Growing Economic Reliance on the Internet

Online shopping is on the rise this holiday season, meaning more online credit card use than ever. But despite frequently reported hacking efforts, Americans are less concerned that their reliance on the internet puts the overall economy at risk.

December 5, 2018

Concerns Over Credit Card Spending Habits Rise

With holiday shopping in full swing once again, Americans continue to worry that people are spending beyond their means.

December 3, 2018

Opposition to GM Bailouts Rises With News of Layoffs

General Motors announced last week that it plans to cut more than 14,000 employees in North America. This news makes Americans regret the federal government’s bailout GM received during the Great Recession.

November 28, 2018

Americans Are Bullish On Their Local Housing Market

Americans have record confidence in the value of their homes and are more convinced than they have been in years that it’s a good market for home sellers.

November 27, 2018

Homeowner Optimism Still Among Record Highs

As the year is coming to an end, homeowners are more optimistic than ever that their home is worth more than they owe on it, and they expect that value to keep rising through 2019.

November 16, 2018

Consumer Spending Update: Economic Confidence Unshaken by Market Jitters

The recent ups and downs of the stock market have done little to sway Americans’ confidence in the economy, but they're a little less upbeat about the direction of their own personal finances.

November 14, 2018

Most Americans Know Their Credit Score

FICO, the developer of the most widely used credit score, is rolling out a new credit scoring system next year that takes checking and savings accounts into consideration in addition to credit and loan accounts. This could most help those with low or no credit scores who have problems securing credit, though few Americans say they’ve been in that position recently.

November 8, 2018

39% Expect Bigger Income A Year From Now

Consumer confidence is on the rise, but Americans don’t think their income is following the same trajectory.

November 8, 2018

Americans Are Still Optimistic About Jobs, Economic Opportunity

With unemployment at record lows, Americans remain highly confident about the job market, and most still think just about anyone can get ahead in today's world.

October 30, 2018

Americans Concerned U.S. Economy Headed For Another Recession

Despite a rocky week on Wall Street, Americans remain more optimistic than they’ve been in past years about the direction of the stock market, but a majority are concerned that the U.S. economy is headed for another recession.

October 23, 2018

Few Consider Themselves Wealthy, Even Among Highest Earners

Republican and Democratic candidates alike are making their last-minute attempts at earning the middle class vote. But while Americans may not agree what income qualifies as middle class, most are pretty sure they fall into that category. Even among the country’s highest earners, only one-in-five consider themselves wealthy.

October 22, 2018

Nearly Half View The Federal Reserve Favorably

President Trump called the Federal Reserve his “biggest threat” in a recent interview, claiming that the central bank is raising interest rates too fast. But it appears Americans have warmed up to the Fed these days.

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October 19, 2018

Americans Favor Amazon But Fear for Local Businesses

Americans like Amazon but worry that the online mega-market will continue to put more traditional retail outlets like Sears out of business.

October 12, 2018

Consumer Spending Update Consumer Confidence Marches Upward

With the release of last week’s jobs report reflecting a near 50-year low for unemployment, consumer confidence has started to rise once again.

October 10, 2018

Following Record Jobs Report, Fewer Than Ever Know Someone Unemployed

The latest jobs report released Friday shows unemployment at a 49-year low, and fewer Americans than ever now know someone out of work.

October 8, 2018

Men, Women Disagree on Gov. Mandate to Seat Women on Boards of Directors

California now requires all publicly traded companies in the state to have at least one woman on their board of directors by the end of 2019. While men and women don’t see eye-to-eye on whether they’d want a law like this in their state, they do agree that the decision shouldn’t be up to the government.

September 7, 2018

Consumer Spending Update: Consumer Confidence Levels Off - At Record Levels

Consumer confidence appears to have plateaued, but it remains at record highs.

August 23, 2018

Do Americans Like The Idea of Raising Minimum Wage?

Earlier this week, North Carolina became one of at least four states to raise the hourly minimum wage of state workers to $15.