consumer savings

Top Economists See Consumers Rebounding Faster

Forget the gloomy predictions: According to Richard Berner of Morgan Stanley, U.S. consumers are a year ahead of schedule in repairing their household balance sheets, giving them the ability to start spending again soon. And the head of the IMF was explicit Monday: A double dip is unlikely.

Financial Advisers Get More Optimistic About Stocks, Jobs

Independent investment advisers remain fairly bullish in their outlooks for the economy, the job market and stock market performance over the next sixth months, even as their clients have become more pessimistic, a recent survey by discount brokerage Charles Schwab has found.

How Can U.S. GDP Grow If Consumers Become Savers?

The consumer savings rate jumped to 6.4% in June, the highest it has been in a year. But this isn't exactly good news. Sure, it's a natural response to the crisis, but it's spending that drives GDP growth. So where will the next GDP growth surge come from? Our writer's theory: Corporate fear.