Die US-Verbraucherstimmung Uni Michigan (1.Veröffentlichung für März) ist mit 95,9 etwas besser ausgefallen als erwartet (Prognose war 95,0; Vormonat war 101,0).
Die Einschätzung der aktuellen Lage liegt bei 112,5 (Prognose war 112,0 Vormonat war 114,8)
Die Konsumentenerwartung liegt bei 85,3 (Prognose war 88,2; Vormonat war 88,9)
Die Inflationserwartung liegt bei 2,3%.
„Consumer sentiment fell in early March due to the spreading coronavirus and the steep declines in stock prices. Importantly, the initial response to the pandemic has not generated the type of economic panic among consumers that was present in the runup to the Great Recession. Nonetheless, the data suggest that additional declines in confidence are still likely to occur as the spread of the virus continues to accelerate. Perhaps the most important factor limiting consumers‘ initial reactions is that the pandemic is widely regarded as a temporary event. The component of the Sentiment Index that posted the greatest loss involved judgements about prospects for the economy during the year ahead; this component fell by 29 points, accounting for 83% of the total point decline in early March. In sharp contrast, consumers more favorably judged the economic outlook over the next five years than last month. While the most effective containment efforts are widespread closures and self-isolation, those same actions have the largest negative impact on the economy and significantly increase the probability that the pandemic will be followed by a recession that lasts longer than the virus. The best policy antidote would be immediate relief provided by multiple sources of cash transfers and debt forbearance. To avoid a recession, speed is more essential than targeting. Moreover, maintaining confidence in the effectiveness of economic policies is essential (see the chart), otherwise the intended behavioral reactions on spending may not be forthcoming.“
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