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Economic Overoptimism

STOCKS are at their record highs, driven by a soaring stock market rally. The housing market is well off its lows, with sales and home prices edging higher.

by George Leong, Bullion Vault:

The end result is that the overall wealth and optimism in America is higher.

According to the “CNBC All-America Economic Survey,” 33% of Americans felt the price of their homes will ratchet higher, up nine points since the previous survey in November 2012 and the high point since December 2007. The survey in March also suggested 48% of Americans believed it was a good time to invest, given the stock market rally; this number isup from 31% in Novemberand it’s the highest since December 2009. (Source: Liesman, S.,”CNBC, American Dream Is Back; CNBC All-America Economic Survey, “CNBC, March 26, 2013.) So all is good, right?

As I previously commented, the stock market rally has made more people rich. A total of 300,000 newly minted millionaires were created from the current multiyear stock market rally, according to Spectrem Group. (Source: Frank, R., “CNBC, US (and Booming Market) Adds 300,000 New Millionaires,” CNBC, March 14, 2013.)

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