“Consumers are in for a rough time over the course of this year and early 2023. Inflation is at a 40-year peak, with economists not expecting to see it cool down back to the 2% target for the near future. Combined with sharply rising rates and imbalanced supply and demand scales due to ongoing geopolitical conflict, the threat of the US economy spiraling into a recession looms large.”
Amr Hamdi, Finance Analyst

Key issues covered in this Report:

  • Change in consumer finances within the past year

  • Sentiments toward consumers’ financial future

  • Change in consumer spending habits

  • How consumers plan to manage inflation

Table of Contents

  1. Overview

    • What you need to know
      • This Report looks at the following areas
        • Market context
        • Executive Summary

            • Top takeaways
              • Despite economic challenges, nearly half of consumers still believe they will be financially better off
                • Figure 1: Opinions on financial future, 2022
              • Travel remains a goal for 43% of consumers heading into summer
                • Figure 2: Future spending behaviors, 2022
                • Figure 3: Klarna travel email, 2022
                • Figure 4: Affirm and Vrbo partnership, 2022
              • Leisure activities, clothes the top two nonessential category consumers would cut back spending on
                • Figure 5: Changes consumers would make due to inflation, 2022
                • Figure 6: Capital One Shopping email, 2022
              • Market overview
                • Opportunities and challenges
                  • Stagflation: a plausible risk
                    • Building off the goodwill earned during the peak of the pandemic
                      • Key consumer insights
                        • Those feeling the inflation squeeze the hardest are the most pessimistic about their financial futures
                          • Figure 7: Opinions on financial future, by income, 2022
                          • Figure 8: Inflation and wage growth, 2019-22
                      • State of the Economy

                        • Economic overview
                          • Figure 9: Key economic indicators, 2022
                        • Unemployment remained steady at 3.6% for the fourth consecutive month
                          • Figure 10: Unemployment and underemployment, 2007-22
                        • Consumer sentiment plunged to a record low of 50
                          • Figure 11: Consumer Sentiment Index, 2007-22
                        • The Consumer Price Index surged to 9.1% for the 12 months ending in June – A 40-year high
                          • Figure 12: Consumer Price Index change from previous period, 2007-22
                        • DPI dropped by 3.35% for the 12 months ending May
                          • Figure 13: Disposable Personal Income change from previous period, 2007-22
                        • Personal saving rate hitting its lowest rate since September 2008
                          • Figure 14: Personal Saving Rate, seasonally adjusted, 2007-22
                      • Consumers and the Economic Outlook – Fast Facts

                        • Change in Financial Situation

                          • Consumers are slightly worse off than they were back in November 2021
                            • Figure 15: Change in financial situation in the past 12 months, 2022
                          • Retired adults saw the largest decline in their financial situations between November and May
                            • Figure 16: Change in financial situation in the past 12 months, by employment status, 2021 and 2022
                        • Financial Situation Recovery

                          • A quarter expect to financially recover in less than a year
                            • Figure 17: Expectations for financial recovery, by financial situation, 2022
                        • Past Spending Behaviors

                          • Travel spend saw an expected decline going into an off-peak season
                            • Figure 18: Past spending behaviors, 2022
                          • Higher-income households added to their savings the most in the past three months
                            • Figure 19: Top three past spending behaviors, by income level, 2022
                        • Changes Consumers Would Make Due to Inflation

                          • Slashing spending on dining out and clothes are the top two ways consumers plan on stretching their dollars amid rising inflation
                            • Figure 20: Changes consumers would make due to inflation, 2022
                          • Financially healthy households the least likely to compromise amid inflation surge
                            • Figure 21: Changes consumers would make due to inflation, by financial situation, 2022
                        • Appendix – Data Sources and Abbreviations

                          • Data sources
                            • Consumer survey data
                              • Marketing creative
                                • Abbreviations and terms
                                  • Abbreviations

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