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    Consumer Confidence as an Economic Indicator

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    What are the shortcomings in relying on consumer confidence as an economic indicator for analysis?

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    What appears to be an increase in consumer confidence can be random fluctuation in spending. The index is based on surveys of how likely consumers are to spend money. They assume that consumers are "typical" and can be predicted based on their answers. However, "typical" consumers are becoming scarce. Income ...

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