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Analyze Changes in the Consumer Confidence Index

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Go to http://www.conference-board.org/economics/ConsumerConfidence.cfm. This is an index based on how people feel about the economy. All indexes are created in a similar fashion. A base is selected in this case, the base was 1985 and set at 100.

So if the index is at 57.2 in May 2008, and October 1992 was at 54.6, are people feeling better or worse than they did in 1992?

If the index was at 62.8 in April 2008, what does that mean for May?

Why do we use indexes?

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The Consumer Confidence Index is an index, or summary measure, of how a cross-section of consumers feels about the state of the United States economy. The higher the index, the greater the general public's confidence in the country's economic health. ...

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Go to http://www.conference-board.org/economics/ConsumerConfidence.cfm. This is an index based on how people feel about the economy. All indexes are created in a similar fashion. A base is selected in this case, the base was 1985 and set at 100.

So if the index is at 57.2 in May 2008, and October 1992 was at 54.6, are people feeling better or worse than they did in 1992?

If the index was at 62.8 in April 2008, what does that mean for May?

Why do we use indexes?

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