Consumer Confidence Plunges to Record Low

Tuesday, October 28, 2008 | 10:45 AM


chart via FusionIQ, Bloomberg


The Conference Board reported Consumer Confidence Index for October hit a record low of 38.

Is there any connection between weak consumer confidence readings and bullish reversals in the stock market? To decide, have a look at the following quick-and-dirty overview (which includes all data going back to the Feb-67 start of the confidence series):


(*Note: Interim low - market was already in a secular upswing.)
(#Note: Consumer confidence readings that were closest to the latest reading.)

Table via Mike Panzner

From the Conference Board

"The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index™, which had improved moderately in September, fell to an all-time low in October. The Index now stands at 38.0 (1985=100), down from 61.4 in September. The Present Situation Index decreased to 41.9 from 61.1 last month. The Expectations Index declined to 35.5 from 61.5 in September. The Consumer Confidence Survey is based on a representative sample of 5,000 U.S. households.

Says Lynn Franco, Director of The Conference Board Consumer Research Center: "The impact of the financial crisis over the last several weeks has clearly taken a toll on consumers' confidence. The decline in the Index (-23.4 points) is the third largest in the history of the series, and the lowest reading on record. In assessing current conditions, consumers rated the labor market and business conditions much less favorably, suggesting that the fourth quarter is off to a weaker start than the third quarter.

Consumers' appraisal of current conditions deteriorated sharply in October. Those saying business conditions are "bad" increased to 38.3 percent from 33.4 percent, while those claiming business conditions are "good" declined to 9.2 percent from 12.8 percent. Consumers' assessment of the labor market was also much more negative. The percentage of consumers saying jobs are "hard to get" rose to 37.2 percent from 32.2 percent in September, while those claiming jobs are "plentiful" decreased to 8.9 percent from 12.6 percent."

FYI: This sort of sentiment always favors the challenger, not the incumbent party, in the White House race.


Consumer Confidence Index™ Plummets to an All-Time Low
The Conference Board, October 28, 2008        

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It's just a mental plunge!

Posted by: Rob P | Oct 28, 2008 10:48:58 AM

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