Americans Spending Less Despite Stocks Optimism

The Dow Jones Industrial Average is at an all-time high, the jobless rate has fallen to a four-year low and the housing market is seeing a recovery. But for many lower income and middle class Americans, the improving economy has yet to take hold.

Instead, they are anxious enough about higher gasoline prices and a payroll tax increase to slash their spending.

An online poll of 1,538 people conducted March 4-8 by Reuters/Ipsos found that two-thirds of adults say they are cutting their monthly spending and almost all of the rest say their spending is little changed.

The biggest reason given by those who said they are cutting spending—72 percent of those polled—was increasing savings and paying off debts. The second biggest was higher gas prices, cited by 63 percent.


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Mingze Wu

Mingze Wu

Currency Analyst at Market Pulse
Based in Singapore, Mingze Wu focuses on trading strategies and technical and fundamental analysis of major currency pairs. He has extensive trading experience across different asset classes and is well-versed in global market fundamentals. In addition to contributing articles to MarketPulseFX, Mingze centers on forex and macro-economic trends impacting the Asia Pacific region.
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