Consumer Confidence Stays Constant Despite Decline In Sentiment Toward Personal Finances

Consumer confidence remained unchanged at 53.3 points over the past two weeks, according to the HPS-CivicScience Economic Sentiment Index (ESI).

High levels of confidence in the U.S. labor market as well as the broader economy were offset by a 2.7 point decrease in consumer sentiment towards personal finances, resulting in no change in the index’s overall movement.


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Three of the ESI’s five indicators increased during the reading period. Consumer confidence in the U.S. labor market experienced the largest increase, rising 1.7 points to reach 49.0 points. In addition to the increase in consumer confidence in the labor market, consumer confidence in both the broader economy and the housing market rose by 1.2 points to 51.3 points and 48.9 points, respectively. Meanwhile, consumer sentiment towards making a major purchase dropped 1.2 points, from 54.1 points to 52.9 points. Additionally, the aforementioned 2.7 point decrease in consumer sentiment towards personal finances constitutes the largest change for the indicator since September 19, 2017.


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The ESI’s three-day rolling average ended the reading period on a low note of 52.2 points, 2.9 points off its peak of 55.1 points. After starting the reading period at 52.5 points on Wednesday, September 5, the moving average reached its trough of 51.3 on Sunday, September 9. The rolling average quickly moved up to reach 55.1 points on Wednesday, September 12 as the U.S. and Chinese governments discussed details for a new round of trade talks. The rolling average then reversed course, dropping down to finish the reading period at 52.2 points as the U.S. imposed a 10% tariff on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods, further escalating trade tensions.


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Consumer Confidence Rises, Driven By A Boost In Confidence In Personal Finances

As summer officially ended over Labor Day, consumer confidence jumped slightly to hit a reading of 53.3 points over the past two weeks, according to the HPS-CivicScience Economic Sentiment Index (ESI). The index rose a total of 0.5 points, its highest overall reading since May 29th.

The increase in the ESI was driven by consumer confidence in personal finances and making a major purchase, while economic sentiment towards the broader economy fell by 0.5 points.

Overall, four of the ESI’s five indicators increased during the two-week reading period. The largest increase was in consumer sentiment towards their personal finances which rose to a reading of 67.4, a 1.3 point increase. Meanwhile, consumer sentiment towards making a major purchase increase 0.9 points to 54.1, slightly off 2018’s high of 54.4. Economic sentiment towards the housing market rose by 0.4 points to 47.8 while confidence in the labor market remained unchanged.

The only indicator to fall was consumer confidence in the broader economy which fell 0.5 points amid escalating trade tensions between the U.S. and Canada, with rising uncertainty over a possible trade deal between the two nations.

Over the course of the two-week reading period, the three-day rolling average rose 1.5 points, rising steadily between the beginning of the reading period on August 22nd and August 31st. The moving average then fell slightly to end the observation period at a reading of 53.6 points.

The drop in the ESI comes as NAFTA renegotiation remains imperiled with doubt. Following the news of a bilateral deal between the U.S. and Mexico on Monday, August 27th economic sentiment rose steadily, however, following the news that an agreement had yet to be reached with Canada on September 1st the moving average fell 0.7 points and then continued to fall until the conclusion of the reading period on September 4th.

Consumer Confidence Holds Steady As Confidence In U.S. Housing Market Slips

Consumer confidence remained relatively steady at 52.8 points over the past two weeks, according to the HPS-CivicScience Economic Sentiment Index (ESI). The index rose a total of 0.1 points, increasing from a reading of 52.7 on August 7th.

Consumer confidence in the broader U.S. economy jumped 2.1 points, but this change was offset by a 1.2 point decline in consumer sentiment towards the housing market. The consumer confidence trends reflect the latest economic data, which shows a strong U.S. economy paired with a “soft” housing market that faces tight supplies and rising prices.


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Consumer Confidence Remains Steady; Holding Slightly Above Last Year’s Level

Consumer confidence remained steady over the past two weeks, according to the HPS-CivicScience Economic Sentiment Index (ESI). The index moved down a mere 0.2 points, falling from a reading of 52.9 on July 24 to 52.7 on August 7th.

Escalating trade tensions, inflationary economic pressures, and rising geopolitical tensions have led to growing uncertainty about the broader U.S. economy. Yet despite the heightened economic insecurity, the ESI is 0.6 points above last year’s level, indicating relatively stable consumer confidence over the past year.


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Consumer Confidence Jumps During Amazon Prime Day

Consumer confidence improved slightly over the past two weeks, according to the HPS-CivicScience Economic Sentiment Index (ESI). The index moved up 0.3 points, rising from a reading of 52.6 on July 10 to 52.9 on July 24. This marks the fourth reading period in a row that the ESI has reversed course.

The recovery in economic sentiment was driven by a 1.1 point increase in consumer confidence in making a major purchase, the largest change by any subcategory during the reading period.


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Economic Sentiment Dips Slightly During Heightened Trade Pressures

Consumer confidence fell slightly over the last two weeks, according to the HPS-CivicScience Economic Sentiment Index (ESI). The index dropped by a total of 0.7 points, from a reading of 53.3 points on June 26th to 52.6 points on July 10th, and marks the third reading period in a row the ESI has reversed course. Since May 1st’s reading of 52.8, the ESI has remained basically unchanged, falling only by 0.2 points. Over the same time horizon, the ESI has not exceeded 53.4 or fallen below 52.9 points.

The slight decline in economic sentiment comes amid escalating trade tensions between the United States and China. During the reading period two major decisions were made. First, President Trump announced an “enhanced” review process of Chinese investment in U.S. technology firms on June 27th. The U.S. announced on July 6th that they would initiate new duties of 25 percent, leading to Beijing immediately retaliated with its own tariffs.


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Economic Sentiment Recovers As Consumer Confidence In The U.S. Housing Market And Broader Economy Grows

After a dip at the beginning of June, consumer confidence rose over the past two weeks to reach 53.3 points, according to the HPS-CivicScience Economic Sentiment Index (ESI). The index rose a total of 0.9 points, increasing from a reading of 52.4 on March 12th.

The bump in economic sentiment was driven by a 2.4 point increase in consumer confidence towards the housing market, as well as an equal increase in confidence in the broader economy.


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Consumer Confidence In The U.S. Economy Falls As Trade Tensions Escalate

Consumer confidence in the U.S. economy fell by 4.7 points, the largest drop this year, according to the HPS-Civic Science Economic Sentiment Index (ESI). Overall consumer confidence fell by 1.0 point to reach a reading of 52.4. After rising steadily in January to hit a peak reading 55.6 at the beginning of February, the ESI has declined steadily, falling 3.2 points. Despite the general drop in consumer confidence this year, economic sentiment remains slightly above last year’s levels.

The large decline in confidence in the U.S. economy comes amid escalating trade tensions between the U.S. and Canada. Following President Trump’s imposition of tariffs on Canada and Europe on May 31st, Canada announced retaliatory tariffs on June 9th. On the same day, the ESI’s three-day moving average hit its lowest level with a reading of 51.6.


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Confidence In The U.S. Economy Surges In May

Confidence in the U.S. economy since May 1st surged by a total of 5.3 points, following a 1.6 point increase over the past two weeks. Overall, consumer confidence during the month of May increased by only 0.6 points due to a decline in economic sentiment towards personal finances and purchasing a home. The past two weeks continued trends from early May, with the overall index up 0.1 points, moving up from a reading of 53.3 points on May 15th to 53.4 points on May 29th. 

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Overall Consumer Confidence Improves, With A Spike In Confidence In The U.S. Economy

The Economic Sentiment Index increased slightly, according to the HPS-CivicScience Economic Sentiment Index (ESI), thanks to increased confidence in the broader U.S. economy. The index reading improved by a total of 0.5 points, from a reading of 52.8 points to 53.3 points. The renewed confidence in the U.S. economy offset declines in consumer faith in the housing market, making a major purchase, and personal finances.

After falling from February highs, consumer confidence has remained relatively consistent over the last two months, with an average reading of 52.9. During this time-period, the ESI has never exceeded 53.6 or fallen below 51.9 – a difference of 1.7 points.

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