- October 2013 - Americans’ level of financial optimism was low, with the Index at -24. The news about the government shutdown was negative, and Americans were worried about how the current political and economic situation would affect their personal finances.
- November 2013 - The Index increased by 16 points to -8. News became more positive, and Americans were less worried about how the current economic and political situation would affect their personal finances.
- In December 2013 - The Index remained flat at -8.
- January 2014 - The Index increased again to +4, and marked the first time the Index was positive. The increase was driven by Americans seeing more positive news about personal finances. The results could also mark the impact of rising stock prices and a decline in the unemployment rate.
- I n February 2014 - In February 2014, the Index declined to -2.6, a drop of 6.6. The decrease in financial optimism was mainly driven by a perception that news about Americans’ personal finances wasn’t as positive. Possible factors include the slow start to the month in the stock market and rising prices for gasoline.
CBA And AOL Finance Optimism Index Shows How Unemployment, Gas Prices And The Government Affect Consumers’ Outlook On Personal Finances
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