This behavioral metric could help banks get ready for next downturn
Americans seem to be managing their debt well. However, some warning signs, such as an increasing Money Anxiety Index, have appeared in recent months. The Index, developed by Analyticom's Dr. Dan Geller, measures consumer saving and spending habits with the philosophy that consumer behavior may predict economic downturn. And now, the Index appears to be foreseeing another drop. "We are in an economic slowdown," says Geller, who argues banks will need to monitor consumer behavioral trends, like the type of accounts customers use and the spending choices they make, in order to stay afloat. Geller offers further insights in this interview with American Banker.