Consumer Sentiment

August 28, 2020 The final estimate of consumer sentiment for August rose 1.6 points to 74.1 which is slightly higher than the preliminary estimate of 72.8.  Thus, sentiment was apparently damped in the past couple months as the more rapid pace of spread of the virus...

Personal Income and Consumption Expenditures — Monthly

August 28,  2020 Personal consumption expenditures rose 1,9% in July after climbing 6.2% in June and 8.6% in May after having plunged by 12.9% in April and 6.7% in March.     What we are really interested in is consumption spending in real terms (i.e., after...

Consumer Confidence

August 25, 2020 . The Conference Board reported that consumer confidence fell 6.9 points in August to 84,8 after having fallen 5.7 points in July, after having risen 12.4 points in June and 0.2 point in May.  However this index fell 31.9 points in April and 13.8...

Consumer Loans

May 6, 2020 Consumer loans plunged at a 52% annual rate in April (the purple bars) as the economy stopped dead in its tracks following the imposition of very restrictive measures to combat the spread of the corona virus  Data from the Consumer Financial Protection...

Consumer Debt Service Ratio

March 20, 2020 Consumers debt service payments relative to income was essentially unchanged in the fourth quarter at 9.7% which is the lowest on record for a series that stretches back to 1980 — 38 years ago! The household debt service ratio is an estimate of...

Consumer Net Worth

March 4, 2020 Consumer net worth rose $32 trillion in the fourth quarter.  That works out to an annualized rate of increase of 10.9% which follows a 2.8% increase in the third quarter.  Over the past year consumer net worth has increased 10.4%. The growth in net worth...