U.S. Consumer Spending Rose 0.8 Percent in September

Americans increased their spending in September at twice the rate that their income grew, a sign of confidence in the economy. Still, consumers made up the difference by saving less for a third straight month, a troubling trend.

Retailers Report Slower Sales Growth in Sept

Americans slowed down their spending in September as they took a pause after wrapping up their back-to-school buying, according to monthly reports from major retailers released Thursday.

Americans Getting More Worried About Retirement

Three separate surveys released this week show rising levels of anxiety among Americans over when -- or whether -- they'll be able to stop working. And even where confidence is rising, some of it may be misplaced.

Why Some Women Are More Confident About Retirement

A new study of 1,000 Americans ages 50 to 70 finds that women face unique risks in retirement, but some are more confident than others about those challenges. What's their secret? DailyFinance's Laura Rowley talks with the study's author, Dr. Sandra Timmerman, director of the MetLife Mature Market Institute.

The Financial Landscape: Dollar Losing Favor, Economy Losing Steam

The long term isn't looking good for the greenback: Central bank managers don't see it keeping its status as the world's reserve currency. The short term's not looking so hot for the U.S. economy either: Housing prices are down another 4% year over year, and confidence is falling.

Trust in Banks Falls Back to Financial Crisis Lows

Americans' overall trust in the nation's financial system has dropped from 26% to 20%, a level that matches the lows recorded during the heart of the financial crisis in late 2008, according to the latest results from the Chicago Booth/Kellogg School Financial Trust Index.

Bin Laden's Death Lifts Dollar, U.S. Stock Futures

The dollar and U.S. stock futures rose following President Barack Obama's announcement late Sunday night that Osama Bin Laden had been killed. Analysts said the boost to the currency was a signal of greater confidence in the United States and a reduction in national security risks.

Global Confidence: Latin America Is Most Upbeat

Two recent reports suggest that there's great variation in global confidence levels, both in the U.S. and abroad. And the U.S. isn't exactly the home of the confident. Latin America, led by a booming Brazil, leads the world in confidence these days.

Millionaire Confidence Index Drops on Politics, Unemployment

The Spectrem Millionaire Investor Confidence Index dropped to its lowest in over a year on concerns about politics and unemployment. The index, which is run by consulting firm Spectrem Group, dropped 11 points in August to -18, the lowest since June 2009, Reuters reported. That puts the index into bearish territory after 12 months in neutral.

Is Yale's Confidence Index Sending a Signal?

Yale regularly publishes four indexes that measure institutional and investor confidence. This one is now showing a large divergence in sentiment. What might that trend be saying about the stock market?