Top

LiveAfterQuit

Unusual Woes: American Trailblazers Not Embracing a Booming Economy

As the US economy has been the strongest in its history, Americans are showing an unusual behavior – they are not acting as what we would expect in a healthy economic environment. This is very strange considering that Americans should be feeling good about the state of the US economy right now. Unemployment is near its all-time low, as the stock market and GDP remain at lofty levels. However, evidence shows that US consumers are not taking full advantage of the economic well-being. A recent survey showed that only 38% of Americans said their household income had gone up in the past few years, while 16% said their income decreased. Also, consumer spending has been sluggish in the first half of 2019, and voter turnout in the mid-term elections was low. So why have Americans been hesitant to take full advantage of the booming economy? There are several theories that have been put forward. One is that people are still feeling the effects of the financial crisis that started in 2008. They may be reluctant to take risks with their money, fearing that the good economic times will not last. Another explanation is that market volatility and growing wealth inequality have made some people feel uneasy and unconfident. They may believe that any additional money they make will not be enough to truly make a difference in their lives. Lastly, Americans may not be spending as much as they could because the tax cuts implemented last year are not thoroughly felt. Americans may be waiting to see what other government policies or incentives are put in place before they make major purchases. Regardless of the reasons, it’s clear that Americans are taking an unusually conservative stance during a period of strong economic gains. This behavior could have long-term implications for the US economy. If US consumers continue to remain reluctant to spend, this could be a sign that economic growth may slow in the upcoming months. This could have implications for global economic growth, as the US economy is an important driver of economic expansion. It is important that US consumers move past the lingering effects of the financial crisis and take full advantage of the strong economic environment. This is the only way that growth and wealth can truly be created, and it is something that Americans should strive for.