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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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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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Beam: Obama Doesn’t See Debt Problem

President Obama's State of the Union speech made Page 1 headlines across the nation Wednesday. However, it was a rare headline on Page B8 of our newspaper that caught my attention. It said, "January surplus shrinks 2013 U.S. budget deficit."

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U.S. Consumer Confidence Improves in February; 56% Still Think the Economy Is In a Recession

The IBD/TIPP Economic Optimism Index improved by 0.8  points, or 1.7%, in February, posting 47.3 vs. 46.5 in January.  The index is 0.9 points below its 12-month average of 48.2, 2.9 points above its reading of 44.4 in December 2007 when the economy entered the recession, and 2.5 points below its all-time average of 49.8.

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