Center for Microeconomic Data
SURVEY OF CONSUMER EXPECTATIONS
October Survey: Median one-year-ahead inflation expectations decreased by 0.2 percentage point to 2.3 percent in October—a new low since the start of the series in June 2013. The decline in short-term inflation expectations was more pronounced for respondents over age 40 and those with household incomes greater than $50,000. Median three-year-ahead inflation expectations remained unchanged at 2.4 percent, a series low.
SCE PUBLIC POLICY SURVEY
Survey Debut: New data are available on individuals’ expectations for future changes in a range of public policies, including those shaping tax rates and entitlement programs. The information tracks respondents’ subjective beliefs about the likelihood and impact of policy changes—measures that will help shed light on spending, work, and savings decisions. Link through to summary findings and data charted from November 2015 through the present.
Quarterly Report on Household Debt and Credit
Q2 Report: Total household debt rose by $192 billion (1.4 percent) in the second quarter of 2019 to $13.86 trillion—a level that is 24.3 percent above the trough from the second quarter of 2013. Nominal mortgage balances grew to $9.4 trillion, surpassing a 2008 peak, while mortgage delinquencies and the average credit profile of mortgage borrowers continued to improve.
Credit card availability and use—including originations, extensions, balances, and delinquencies
Consumer experiences, behaviors, and expectations in the housing market—including mortgage financing
Consumers’ expectations and forecast uncertainty for overall inflation and home price growth, and expected price changes for key commodities
Borrowing and repayment trends in the student loan market
Data and analysis focused on consumers’ overall financial health, including their ability to save, spend, and borrow
Perceptions of labor market conditions, including the outlook for earnings growth and employment
Expectations and experiences with auto loans—including applications and rejections, balances, and delinquencies
Consumers’ outlook on public policy—likelihood of changes, impact of shifts