America At A Turning Point:  Economic Confidence Crushed To Smithereens As Energy Prices Rise And Inflation Fears Persist

America At A Turning Point: Economic Confidence Crushed To Smithereens As Energy Prices Rise And Inflation Fears Persist

Overall, economic confidence is gloomy as we enter the holiday season.

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The IBD/TIPP Economic Optimism Index, a leading measure of consumer confidence, declined 2.9 points or 6.2%, from 46.8 in October to 43.9 in November. The index started to fall in July and has dropped for five months in a row.

Confidence in November is 26.6% below its pre-pandemic level of 59.8 in February 2020.

The IBD/TIPP Economic Optimism Index is the first monthly measure of consumer confidence.

It accurately predicts monthly changes in sentiment reflected in other well-known surveys conducted by The Conference Board and the University of Michigan.

Consumer spending drives two-thirds of the economy.  Optimistic consumers spend money on automobiles, home improvements, new homes, and other large-ticket items.

The TIPP Economic Optimism Index is the most well-known of our TIPP indexes. Investor's Business Daily publishes the IBD/TIPP Economic Optimism Index every month.

Multiple factors are behind the decline of the index and its components.