Confidence in the Economy is Mixed

Right now, there are good reasons to feel good about the U.S. economy, and where it’s headed. However, not everyone is convinced.

The latest numbers paint a portrait of an economy that is producing jobs, and ringing up sales.

Case in point: the latest jobs numbers from the…

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As Economy Improves, Customer Satisfaction Takes a Hit

American consumers are feeling less satisfied with the level of customer service they are experiencing, a new study shows. This is happening despite – or perhaps because of – an improving economy.

The University of Michigan’s latest American Customer Satisfaction Index showed that customer satisfaction was down across the board in…

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The Fed Moves Interest Rates Higher. What Will This Mean?

Well, they finally did it. After a year of hinting and retreat, officials of the Federal Reserve have finally voted to change their long-standing policy of stimulating the economy with near-zero interest rates.

With the U.S. economy growing at a decently – and showing some resiliency – the Fed…

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Personal Incomes Rise, But Not Everywhere

A new report from the government’s Bureau of Economic Analysis finds that, when it comes to personal incomes, some Americans are getting a raise while others are losing ground.

Incomes are rising overall: “On average, personal income rose 4.6% in 2014 in the metropolitan portion of the United…

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Store Owners Are Getting Optimistic About the Holiday Season

Here’s some more evidence that Americans are planning to increase their spending during this holiday season.

The Conference Board is reporting that U.S. households plan to spend an average of $576 on gifts this holiday season, which is up from $538 last year.

Among Americans surveyed, 11% plan…

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