Personal Finance Advice and Commentary

Monday, June 02, 2014 6:00 am
By David McMillin · Bankrate.com

A new survey shows that more Americans are feeling confident about their personal finance situations. How do you feel?

Thursday, January 16, 2014 5:14 pm
By Judy Martel · Bankrate.com

This year could be a good one for remodeling activity and new-home construction.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013 3:18 pm
By Judy Martel · Bankrate.com

Economic fears and building costs tamped down expectations for new home construction.

Saturday, November 09, 2013 8:10 am
By Judy Martel · Bankrate.com

Older homebuyers are giving builders a boost in confidence.

Monday, June 17, 2013 4:17 pm
By Judy Martel · Bankrate.com

The latest monthly survey shows builder confidence is soaring.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013 11:26 am
By Judy Martel · Bankrate.com

Labor and supply costs are aiding a loss of confidence among home builders.

Monday, March 11, 2013 6:00 am
By Judy Martel · Bankrate.com

The bull stock market is delivering a dose of confidence to the rich.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 11:35 am
By Judy Martel · Bankrate.com

Is the improving housing market enough to spur consumer spending?

Sunday, March 18, 2012 11:10 am
By Judy Martel · Bankrate.com

When it comes to consumer confidence in an improving economy, much depends on your personal situation and where you live (especially as it relates to housing and jobs). Though the stock market rally is increasing individual wealth for investors — on paper at least — a strong economy is key for those seeking to amass wealth the traditional way — by building a business.

So what do the numbers tell us? Signs of an improving economic environment include a drop in claims for unemployment benefits, which is leading to a rise in consumer confidence not seen since before 2008. Retail spending also ticked up 1.1 percent in February.

Thursday, February 16, 2012 5:44 pm
By Judy Martel · Bankrate.com

Home builder confidence in new, single-family homes soared to its highest point in four years, according to the National Association of Home Builder’s survey. But it’s still well below what’s considered positive. The monthly index on builder sentiment rose 4 points to 29, its highest point since 2007. Fifty is the point between positive and

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