As Recession Fears Recede, Consumers are in the Mood to Spend Big This Holiday Season

A new poll from Gallup suggests that consumers are in the mood to spend – and spend generously – at the upcoming holiday season. How much will they spend? What percentage of Americans say they’ll spend less? Or more? Read … Continue reading

New Poll Shows Consumer Mood is Mixed

Fully 70% of the U.S. economy is based on consumer spending, so economic and market pros watch moves in consumer sentiment closely…and so do I. In a new poll from research expert Gallup, we find consumer sentiment mixed – curiously … Continue reading

If $100,000 Unexpectedly Dropped into Your Lap, How Would You Spend It?

Imagine for a moment that you won the lottery, or gained an inheritance, of a substantial amount of money…say, $100,000. How would you spend it? That was the intriguing question pollster Harris Interactive asked an online panel of U.S. Internet … Continue reading

Latest CEA Industry Data Shows Shocking Struggles, Are We Headed for a ‘Meltdown’?

One of the benefits of attending the 2012 CEA Line Show in NYC is that the sponsoring trade group (Consumer Electronics Association) brings their resident economist who provides the latest market research data of where the industry is now…and where … Continue reading

Don’t Worry About the Top 1% or the Bottom 99% – Worry About the Middle 60%

A new report from the Federal Reserve Board shines the light on why the economic recovery is so anemic – middle income families got hit the hardest in the recent financial industry collapse in 2007-2010. And with an economy that … Continue reading