Confidence Spike: Consumers, Small Business, Builders, Investors

Wednesday saw significant spikes in confidence from four important market groups:

1. The Consumer: On Wednesday the Rasmussen Consumer Index, which measures consumer confidence on a daily basis, rocketed to its highest level in exactly one year.

2. Investors: Also on Wednesday, the Rasmussen Investor Index spiked to its highest level in . . . → Read More: Confidence Spike: Consumers, Small Business, Builders, Investors

Consumer and Investor Confidence Now at 2009 Peak Levels

The Rasmussen Consumer Confidence Index, rose to its highest reading so far this year on Wednesday. At 79.9, the index is now at its highest level since just a few days after the Lehman Brothers collapse — which many analysts mark as the start of last year’s financial crisis. The consumer index (which is . . . → Read More: Consumer and Investor Confidence Now at 2009 Peak Levels

Can the Perceptions of Participants Influence Market Fundamentals?

“Reflexivity can be interpreted as a circularity, or two way feedback loop, between the participants’ views and the actual state of affairs. People base their decisions not on the actual situation that confronts them but on their perception or interpretation of that situation. Their decisions make an impact on the situation … and changes . . . → Read More: Can the Perceptions of Participants Influence Market Fundamentals?

Consumer, Financial, and Investor Indexes Continue to March Higher

Consumer confidence indexes continued their march higher in May. The widely watched University of Michigan and Reuters index rose in its final reading of the month reaching it’s highest level since last September.

Previously the Michigan index rose to 68.7 from 65.1 in April.

The more dynamic Rasmussen consumer index also continues to post . . . → Read More: Consumer, Financial, and Investor Indexes Continue to March Higher