Are You Holding Up?

You're a consumer -- and until business spending picks up, the economy is depending on you. Are you up to the job?

Many experts say the economy is recovering. Even Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan sounds fairly optimistic. At the same time, though, the stock market remains volatile, rising or falling with each report of corporate earnings that are better-than-expected -- or worse. With the level of company profits unclear for the rest of the year, and business spending on new plant and equipment unlikely to take off before profits rise, the economy's health is still in the hands of consumers.

So, the time seems right to ask a pertinent question: How are you doing financially? Please remember that this isn't a scientific poll, since anyone who wishes to can participate. Nonetheless, we think your answers will provide insight into the strength -- and durability -- of the budding economic recovery.

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