Since the 1970s, economists have measured how consumers are feeling about the financial environment, by asking five questions. How would you answer these today if they were asked of you?:
- “Would you say that you (and your family living there) are better off or worse off financially than you were a year ago?
- Now looking ahead–do you think that a year from now you (and your family living there) will be better off financially, or worse off, or just about the same as now?