Consumer Confidence Jumps To 6-Year High (Led By Surge In Hope)

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The 'recovery' has reached a new cyclical high in consumer confidence. Despite the economic growth sapping, recovery dampening, Fed tapering, consumers have not been more exuberant since January 2008. Of course, the jump to new highs is all about the future - the Present Situation index dropped while the "Expectations" index jumped 7 points to 83.5 - its highest in 6 months.



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Tue, 03/25/2014 - 10:12 | 4589806 nuclearsquid
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This should also be blamed on the weather, but it won't be


Tue, 03/25/2014 - 10:27 | 4589884 Boris Alatovkrap
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Boris is not fancy trouser economist, so question is maybe stupid, but please to tell Boris, what is metric for "Consumption Confidence"...? Is somebody ask Amerikan consumer, "Hey, are you feel lucky today" (but not like Mr. Dirty Harry, but more is like Mary Chapin Carpenter)? Or is how much Amerikan house wife is spending on kilogram of bacon? Because, Boris is thinking, if "confidence" is measuring by how much is spend, then maybe "confidence" is result of inflation and not is jubilation of hope...

... but what is Boris know? 

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 10:35 | 4589921 Gaius Frakkin' ...
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How relevant is Consumer Confidence when the average consumer has no discretionary income and no room to expand credit?

A starving monkey high on heroine is also confident.

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 11:10 | 4590028 pods
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I think consumer confidence is the dumbest metric I have ever seen.

Don't matter how high it goes, if the FRNs aren't being exchanged and debt created it don't mean fuck.

Just more fake stuff for our Matrix society.

"Like" that bitchez.


Tue, 03/25/2014 - 10:12 | 4589808 Rakshas
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Is this the stage before acceptance?

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 10:16 | 4589830 Rainman
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Hopium addiction ? Call 1-800-BADDRUG

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 10:13 | 4589810 PlusTic
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Sounds like a reason to any price :0

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 10:29 | 4589897 101 years and c...
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consumer confidence all the way back to Jan, 2008.  the US was only in the depression for the 1st 3 months at that point.  just another stellar data point, courtesy of the Fed and 5.5 years of printing money to prosperity (for the top .1%ers). 

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 10:14 | 4589818 Cattender
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Unfuckingbelivable... these "people" mustbe smoking Crack..

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 10:15 | 4589821 Dr. Engali
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Spring is in the air! Pull out that credit card and start consuming citizen. There has never been a better time to take on moar debt.

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 10:16 | 4589824 q99x2
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Tue, 03/25/2014 - 10:16 | 4589826 Mr. Magoo
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They forgot to tell you its only for the top .01%

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 10:16 | 4589827 replaceme
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That's meaningless without the Change (TM) figures.

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 10:19 | 4589843 FieldingMellish
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Sorry, none left to spare.

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 10:17 | 4589829 FieldingMellish
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"fingers crossed" is worth two points alone.

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 10:16 | 4589831 buzzsaw99
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You take the blue pill – the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. [/Morpheus]

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 10:17 | 4589835 yogibear
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More reasons to offer the indebted public 10 year auto loans. Keep them auto loans rolling over. 

All the banksters have to do is lobby DC to turn them into non-defaultable loans and you have more debt slaves.Just like student loans.

Generations of debt slaves.

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 10:18 | 4589842 Kaiser Sousa
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fucking bullshit.



Tue, 03/25/2014 - 10:19 | 4589844 Cursive
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Is this series hedonically adjusted?

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 10:20 | 4589852 poor fella
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It's ok to be optimistic. The smart people are still waiting to see proof and until then; stacking, saving, and working on lifestyle improvements and resilience.

We have yet to hear the economic turnaround is coming late this year, early next - but IMO it is coming soon. Unless the habits of the .001% alone can generate a 3-4% GDP (yeah, a made up #, but we still watch it).

Nothing fixed - most much worse.

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 10:21 | 4589855 Last of the Mid...
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More hope and change, rinse and repeat.

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 12:32 | 4590437 SDShack
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Recovery Summer v6.0

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 10:23 | 4589863 madbraz
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They only call area code 202 for their 5,000 "interviews"

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 10:35 | 4589924 El Hosel
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1- 800-202-hope

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 10:23 | 4589864 BlindMonkey
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They are so adorable when they have hope.  Dontcha think?

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 10:26 | 4589881 Everybodys All ...
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Tue, 03/25/2014 - 10:33 | 4589911 search
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What good is freedom of speech when your crop gets sick of pissing into the wind? Wake up you self important God's own people. If you cave to TPTB you admit there's no democracy and the idea is a sham to bluff the stupid. Christ doesn't mean anything? The greater good doesn't mean anything? If so the USA doesn't really mean anything.

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 10:34 | 4589916 El Hosel
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Legalize Hope in your state, fire it up.

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 11:07 | 4590016 search
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I just don't buy what any culture in this globalised village is selling.

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 10:34 | 4589913 pound the vix
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You wanted hope and change, now you have it.  F***ing idiots

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 12:34 | 4590443 SDShack
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It's was never Hope & Change. It was nothing but Hoax & Chains.

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 10:47 | 4589950 vote_libertaria...
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Look at the Gallup (non-gvt) polls.  They show cons conf still bouncing around the 2009 depression levels.


What a ku-winka dink, the gvt poll is at a 7 year high (still at recession levels...but won't mention that) 

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 10:49 | 4589952 search
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Fuck sake.

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 10:59 | 4589984 Comte d'herblay
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"Hope----the thing with feathers".

According to Eli Lily, Prozac sales are also at all time 'high'.  As are those of Cymbalta.

When you '86' the artificial stimulus.....why bother.


Tue, 03/25/2014 - 11:15 | 4590060 search
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Maybe these people are still human even tho they suck prozac... Maybe they seek the artificial to stick their middle finger up at the so called real. They are dissapointed at your commitment.

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 11:13 | 4590045 Save_America1st
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I believe that's actually ignorance and/or denial.  Take your pick.

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 11:48 | 4590242 SheepDog-One
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Pretty easy to figure this one out, when all you've got left is hope, you double down on it. Sure, I'm living on a credit card, but I'm very hopeful I can keep paying the minimum payment and not go under water and start getting collection calls 24/7. Fucking sheeple.

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 13:41 | 4590802 BeerMe
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I'm not seeing it.  Q1 has been pretty slow.  Looking like it will be the worst in three or four years.  Weather may be part of the story but it certainly isn't the majority.

Tue, 03/25/2014 - 13:56 | 4590895 darteaus
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Get some Hopium in ur vaporizer!

Wed, 03/26/2014 - 00:41 | 4592879 Bunga Bunga
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What do retail sales know, what consumers don't?

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