CONFIDENCE - The Salt Lake Tribune http://www.sltrib.com/feeds/topics/CONFIDENCE News from The Salt Lake Tribune en-us webmaster@sltrib.com (Webmaster) IMF board expresses confidence in Lagarde http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58352713-79/board-lagarde-french-imf.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58352713-79/board-lagarde-french-imf.html.csp">IMF board expresses confidence in Lagarde</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By MARTIN CRUTSINGER</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-29T15:42:01.662-06:00">Updated Aug 29, 2014 03:42PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • The International Monetary Fund’s executive board expressed confidence Friday in IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde after receiving a briefing on a French corruption probe in which she is being investigated. In a brief statement, the 24-member board said it continues to have “confidence in the managing director’s ability to effectively carry out her duties.” Lagarde called the investigation “without basis” after answering questions before magistrates in Paris on Wednesday. She ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-583527132014-08-29T15:42:01.662-06:00" id="#license-2014-08-29T15:42:01.662-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58352713@www.sltrib.com Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:42:01 MDT Utahns increasingly optimistic about economy http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58347662-79/bank-consumer-index-state.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58347662-79/bank-consumer-index-state.html.csp">Utahns increasingly optimistic about economy</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Mike Gorrell</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-28T16:42:02.492-06:00">Updated Aug 28, 2014 04:42PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Utahns head into the Labor Day weekend more optimistic than they’ve been in some time about the stability of their jobs and the strength of the state’s economy. Released earlier this week, Zions Bank’s Consumer Attitude Index rose 2.0 points from July to August, boosting the gain over the past 12 months to 18.5 points. Utah’s consumer confidence index is now up to 106.9, far better than the national average (92.4), which went up 2.1 points since July. “Consumer confidence in current economic c...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58347662@www.sltrib.com Thu, 28 Aug 2014 16:42:02 MDT More stimulus needed as European confidence falls http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58347450-79/confidence-euro-minus-sentiment.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58347450-79/confidence-euro-minus-sentiment.html.csp">More stimulus needed as European confidence falls</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Angeline Benoit</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> Bloomberg News</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-28T10:52:02.062-06:00">Updated Aug 28, 2014 10:52AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Madrid • Euro-area economic confidence declined more than economists predicted in August, backing President Mario Draghi’s warning that more stimulus may be needed. An index of executive and consumer sentiment fell to 100.6 from a revised 102.1 in July, the European Commission in Brussels said Thursday. The median forecast in a Bloomberg News survey of 25 economists was for a drop to 101.5. With investors’ price expectations for the euro area sliding and data forecast to show inflation at the we...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58347450@www.sltrib.com Thu, 28 Aug 2014 10:52:02 MDT Survey: U.S. consumer confidence near a 7-year high http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58338390-79/americans-confidence-month-months.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58338390-79/americans-confidence-month-months.html.csp">Survey: U.S. consumer confidence near a 7-year high</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-26T09:13:48.292-06:00">Updated Aug 26, 2014 09:13AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • U.S. consumer confidence this month reached its highest point in nearly seven years, boosted by strong job gains. The Conference Board said Tuesday that its confidence index rose for a fourth straight month to 92.4 from 90.3 in July. The August reading is the highest since October 2007, two months before the Great Recession officially began. The optimism suggests that Americans will be more likely to spend in the months ahead, an important boost to the economy. Consumer spending dri...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-583383902014-08-26T09:13:48.292-06:00" id="#license-2014-08-26T09:13:48.292-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58338390@www.sltrib.com Tue, 26 Aug 2014 09:13:48 MDT Dionne: Ferguson divides us less than we imagine http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58317807-82/percent-americans-whites-african.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58317807-82/percent-americans-whites-african.html.csp">Dionne: Ferguson divides us less than we imagine</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By E.J. Dionne</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Washington Post</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-21T01:01:05.349-06:00">Updated Aug 21, 2014 01:01AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">WASHINGTON • African-Americans are not alone in being horrified by the killing of Michael Brown. They are not alone in their concern over the police’s behavior. And there’s evidence that a large number of white Americans have still not fully formed their views on this tragedy. This means that how we discuss and debate the events in Ferguson, Mo., in the coming weeks really matters. What you have probably heard up to now is how racially polarized the country is in its reaction to the shootin...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58317807@www.sltrib.com Thu, 21 Aug 2014 01:01:05 MDT U.S. homebuilder confidence rises in August http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58308946-79/sales-homes-builders-buyers.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58308946-79/sales-homes-builders-buyers.html.csp">U.S. homebuilder confidence rises in August</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By ALEX VEIGA</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-18T11:48:05.42-06:00">Updated Aug 18, 2014 11:48AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">U.S. homebuilders are feeling more confident in their sales prospects headed into next year, a sign that home construction and sales of newly built homes may pick up after stalling this summer. The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index released Monday rose this month to 55, up two points from a revised reading of 53 in July. The latest reading is the third monthly increase in a row and the highest since January, when it was 56. Readings above 50 indicate more ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-583089462014-08-18T11:48:05.42-06:00" id="#license-2014-08-18T11:48:05.42-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58308946@www.sltrib.com Mon, 18 Aug 2014 11:48:05 MDT Milbank: America: Home of the free and the gloomy http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58292672-82/percent-optimism-less-pessimistic.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58292672-82/percent-optimism-less-pessimistic.html.csp">Milbank: America: Home of the free and the gloomy</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Dana Milbank</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Washington Post</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-13T11:08:01.559-06:00">Updated Aug 13, 2014 11:08AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">WASHINGTON • It is the very essence of the American Dream: an irrepressible confidence that our children will live better than we do. And now it is gone. It has been slipping for some time, really, but a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll this month put an exclamation point on Americans’ lost optimism. When asked if “life for our children’s generation will be better than it has been for us,” fully 76 percent said they do not have such confidence. Only 21 percent did. That was the w...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58292672@www.sltrib.com Wed, 13 Aug 2014 11:08:01 MDT U.S. consumer sentiment edges down to 81.8 in July http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58250692-79/consumer-july-index-sentiment.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58250692-79/consumer-july-index-sentiment.html.csp">U.S. consumer sentiment edges down to 81.8 in July</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By MARTIN CRUTSINGER</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-08-01T10:55:21.673-06:00">Updated Aug 1, 2014 10:55AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • A measure of U.S. consumer confidence slipped in July although it remained at levels signaling further gains in consumer spending. The University of Michigan said Friday that its index of consumer sentiment edged down to 81.8 in July from 82.3 in June. The index of consumers’ assessment of current conditions rose but the index for expectations dipped slightly from the June reading. Survey director Richard Curtin said that consumers have yet to interpret the recent gains in jobs and ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-582506922014-08-01T10:55:21.673-06:00" id="#license-2014-08-01T10:55:21.673-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58250692@www.sltrib.com Fri, 01 Aug 2014 10:55:21 MDT As U.S. job market strengthens, many don’t feel it http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58246143-79/percent-jobs-economy-recession.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58246143-79/percent-jobs-economy-recession.html.csp">As U.S. job market strengthens, many don’t feel it</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By JOSH BOAK and CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-31T10:06:27.928-06:00">Updated Jul 31, 2014 10:06AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • The U.S. unemployment rate has plunged since the start of last year to a five-year low of 6.1 percent. And the July jobs report being released Friday will likely show a sixth straight month of healthy 200,000-plus gains. Yet for Douglas Hunter and millions like him, happy days aren’t quite here again. Hunter earned $14 an hour cleaning oil drums before the Great Recession seized the economy and his job was axed. At 53, Hunter now works three days a week for $9.25 an hour, mopping fl...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-582461432014-07-31T10:06:27.928-06:00" id="#license-2014-07-31T10:06:27.928-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58246143@www.sltrib.com Thu, 31 Jul 2014 10:06:27 MDT Consumer confidence picking up steam in Utah http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58237367-79/percent-utah-confidence-index.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58237367-79/percent-utah-confidence-index.html.csp">Consumer confidence picking up steam in Utah</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Mike Gorrell</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-29T16:32:16.206-06:00">Updated Jul 29, 2014 04:32PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Consumer confidence in Utah is as high as it’s been in the three years Zions Bank has been keeping track. The bank’s Utah Consumer Attitude Index went up 6.6 points between June and July, reaching an all-time high of 104.9. The national confidence level also jumped this month, by 4.5 points, but remained far behind Utah at 90.9. “Improvements in the labor market have had a significant positive impact on the health of Utah’s economy,” said Zions Bank President and CEO Scott Anderson. “Businesses ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58237367@www.sltrib.com Tue, 29 Jul 2014 16:32:16 MDT U.S. consumer confidence jumps to 90.9 in July http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58236779-79/confidence-july-90.9-consumers.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58236779-79/confidence-july-90.9-consumers.csp">U.S. consumer confidence jumps to 90.9 in July</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By MARTIN CRUTSINGER</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-29T09:13:02.201-06:00">Updated Jul 29, 2014 09:13AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • U.S. consumers are more confident about the economy than they have been in nearly seven years. The Conference Board’s confidence index rose to 90.9 in July from an upwardly revised 86.4 in June. The July reading is the highest since October 2007, two months before the Great Recession officially began. It was the third straight increase in the index. Economists said that strong job growth has helped boost consumers’ assessment of current conditions and also improved their outlook on ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-582367792014-07-29T09:13:02.201-06:00" id="#license-2014-07-29T09:13:02.201-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58236779@www.sltrib.com Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:13:02 MDT