Consumer Sentiment Index CSI

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The full name of this index is the University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index. This is a consumer confidence index published by the Institute for Social Research (ISR) at the University of Michigan. The index is published twice a month with the preliminary estimates in the middle of the month and the final estimates near the end of the month. The index is published in the same month for which it measures sentiment. January data, for example, is released (twice) in January.

At least 500 telephone interviews asking 50 core questions are conducted each month covering the lower 48 states. i.e. excluding Alaska and Hawaii. The answers from these questions are compiled into the Index of Consumer Sentiment and from that a sub index called the Index of Consumer Expectations is derived.

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