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Gloomy outlook for household finances

Gloomy outlook for household finances

Category: Money

Updated: 23/08/2010
First Published: 23/08/2010

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Whilst the economy may be slowly improving, household finance seems rooted in negative territory.

The Markit-YouGov Household Finance Index posted 37.9 in August, which, when below the no-change level of 50.0, signals deterioration in outlook.

The negative result was mostly a reflection of people's increased worry over job security, lower pay and the higher cost of living.

Nearly a third (30%) of the 2,000 UK households polled reported worsening finances during August, compared to the mere 6% that reported improvements.

Government cutbacks, likely tax rises and higher inflation meant that nearly half of households expect their finances to worsen in the year ahead, compared to the 25% that anticipate improvements.

"The latest results from the HFI demonstrate that, broadly, the public do not base their personal financial outlook on one quarter of strong GDP growth," commented
Todd Davis, financial services consulting director at YouGov.

"People continue to base their expectations on more immediate and personal experience and many are still facing employment uncertainty and constrained personal finances."

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