Politics Pummels Public Confidence

The IBD/TIPP Economic Optimism Index declined by 7.6  points, or 16.5%, in October, posting 38.4 vs. 46.0 in September. The index is 7.2 points below its 12-month average of 45.6, 6.0 points below its reading of 44.4 in December 2007 when the economy entered the recession, and 11.1 points below its all-time average of 49.5.

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Raise the debt ceiling? Not without progress on deficits, US public says.

President Obama says Congress should raise a self-imposed limit on government borrowing without strings attached and without worrying about the size of federal deficits. The American public disagrees. Add a comment

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Real Jobs Numbers Are Far Worse Than Official Numbers Suggest

For many economy-watchers and investors, the nonrelease of jobs data due to the government shutdown is a big problem. How can they know how the economy is doing? Don't worry, we've got you covered.

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First a shutdown, then a debt limit fight. Could that ruin the economy?

Picture the following chain of events that could play out as part of the fiscal showdown now engulfing Congress. Add a comment

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IBD/TIPP Economic Index Up 2% in September

U.S. consumers were slightly less pessimistic about the economy and their personal finances in the latest poll from Investor's Business Daily and TIPP, a unit of TechnoMetrica Market Intelligence.

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U.S. Consumer Confidence Edges Up in September

The IBD/TIPP Economic Optimism Index improved by 0.9  points, or 2.0% to 46.0 in September, up from 45.1 in August.  The index is 0.9 points below its 12-month average of 46.9, 1.6 points above its reading of 44.4 in December 2007, when the economy entered the recession, and 3.6 points below its all-time average of 49.6.

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IBD/TIPP Economic Index Drops 4.2% in August

U.S. consumers were more pessimistic about the economy and their personal finances in the latest poll from Investor's Business Daily and TIPP, a unit of TechnoMetrica Market Intelligence.

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U.S. Consumer Confidence Down in August

The IBD/TIPP Economic Optimism Index declined by 2.0  points, or 4.2%, in August, posting 45.1 vs. 47.1 in July.  The index is 2.2 points below its 12-month average of 47.3, 0.7 points above its reading of 44.4 in December 2007 when the economy entered the recession, and 4.5 points below its all-time average of 49.6.

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IBD/TIPP Economic Optimism Index Falls On Investors


The IBD/TIPP Economic Optimism Index signaled pessimism for a ninth straight month, retreating further in recent weeks as Federal Reserve talk of curbing the massive monetary stimulus roiled financial markets, hurting investor confidence.

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U.S. Consumer Confidence Declines in July

The IBD/TIPP Economic Optimism Index declined by 1.9  points, or 3.9%, in July, posting 47.1 vs. 49.0 in June. The index is 0.3 points below its 12-month average of 47.4, 2.7 points above its reading of 44.4 in December 2007 when the economy entered the recession, and 2.6 points below its all-time average of 49.7.

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U.S. Consumer Confidence Brightens in June

The IBD/TIPP Economic Optimism Index improved by 3.9  points, or 8.6%, in June, posting 49.0 vs. 45.1 in May.  The index is 1.6 points above its 12-month average of 47.4, 4.6 points above its reading of 44.4 in December 2007 when the economy entered the recession, and 0.7 points below its all-time average of 49.7.

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U.S. Consumer Confidence Drops in May

The IBD/TIPP Economic Optimism Index declined by 1.1  points, or 2.4%, in May, posting 45.1 vs. 46.2 in April.  The index is 2.1 points below its 12-month average of 47.2, 0.7 points above its reading of 44.4 in December 2007 when the economy entered the recession, and 4.6 points below its all-time average of 49.7.

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Dow At 15,000: What The Stock Market Is Telling Us

A year into the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, James Angel went all in with stocks – in fact, more than all in. In January 2009, the finance professor at Georgetown University bought leveraged exchange-traded funds, which allowed him to borrow money so he could own more stock. He was convinced the market was nearing its nadir. He thought it was a perfect time to invest.

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Poll: Investors Like Stocks Despite '08-09 Crisis

Despite being badly spooked by the 2008-09 financial crisis, Americans have retained their faith in the stock market.

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Home Prices Rising, But Troubles For Housing Market Not Over, Poll Says

As real as the housing recovery is, a new poll finds that home buying is still hampered significantly by challenges such as tight credit and a constrained supply of homes for sale.

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Economic Optimism Revives Off Sequester Dud: IBD/TIPP

Americans regained some confidence lost ahead of the "sequester" budget cuts, after predictions of doom were seen as overblown, according to the latest IBD/TIPP Economic Optimism Index.

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U.S. Consumer Confidence Bounces Back 9.5% in April; Still 55% Think the Economy Is In a Recession

The IBD/TIPP Economic Optimism Index improved by 4.0  points, or 9.5%, in April, posting 46.2 vs. 42.2 in March.  The index is 1.3 points below its 12-month average of 47.5, 1.8 points above its reading of 44.4 in December 2007 when the economy entered the recession, and 3.5 points below its all-time average of 49.7.

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Consumer Prices: Jump at the Pump Fuels Fastest Rise Since Recession

A 9 percent surge in gasoline prices in February helped fuel a 0.7 percent rise in the consumer price index, the biggest since June 2009. Fortunately, prices at the pump have since eased.

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Jobs Outlook: Housing Growth Will Trump Sequester Woes

The economy should continue to add jobs despite the sequester. The jobs report shows the housing recovery bolstering employment. Homeowner optimism is likely to improve, too.

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‘Sequester’ May Be 'Dumb,' But Most Americans Like Idea of Spending Cuts

About 62 percent of Americans see government spending as inefficient and bloated, a new Monitor/TIPP poll shows. They also much prefer general spending cuts to tax hikes or cuts in entitlement programs.

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