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Consumer Sentiment: Sharp Decline

May 13, 2022
Bottom Line:  Consumer sentiment fell sharply in the preliminary May reading from the University of Michigan survey. With equity market declines garnering headlines, consumers' assessments of the current financial situation relative to a year ago were at their lowest reading since 2013. High consumer price inflation pushed buying conditions for durables to their lowest level on record (1978 for this survey). Year-ahead inflation expectations remained stubbornly high at 5.4%, while long-term inflation expectations were still anchored at 3%. Overall, consumer balance sheets are still flush with cash from stimulus funds, but they are also facing tremendous uncertainty amid high inflation and declining stock markets.
Consumer Sentiment FELL by 6.1 points in early May to 59.1%, compared with market expectations for a decrease to 64.0%. With this month's moderate decline, sentiment is now 28.7% BELOW its year-ago level.

Current Conditions
FELL by 5.8 points to 63.6%. This is 28.9% BELOW their year-ago level.
Consumer Expectations
FELL by 6.2 points to 56.3%.  With this month's moderate decline, expectations are 28.6% BELOW its year-ago level.
Article by Contingent Macro Advisors