Personal Financial Satisfaction Index (PFSi) 


The Personal Financial Satisfaction Index (PFSi) is a quarterly economic indicator from the AICPA which weighs a variety of economic factors to calculate the financial standing of a typical American. The index is calculated as the difference between two component sub-indexes - the Personal Financial Pleasure Index and the Personal Financial Pain Index. These sub-indexes are each composed of four equally weighted proprietary and public factors which measure the growth of assets and opportunities in the case of the Pleasure Index, and the erosion of assets and opportunities in the case of the Pain Index. Positive scores of the PFSI indicate Americans are feeling personal financial pleasure, whereas negative scores indicate they are feeling personal financial plain.

For additional information, see the initial PFSi launch release.


The table below provides more information on each quarter's index.  

Date 

PFSi

Sub-indices 

 More Information

Personal 
Financial Pleasure

Personal
Financial Pain 

2014 Q4

 6.6
Revised to 6.8

59.9
Revised to 60.6

 53.3
Revised to 53.8

Summary

Infographic 

2015 Q1

13.1 (+6.5 chg.)
Revised to 13.3

59.7 (-0.2 chg.)
Revised to 60.6

46.6 (-6.7 chg.)
Revised to 47.4

Summary

Media Release

2015 Q2

15.0 (+1.9 chg.)
Revised to 14.8*

60.0 (+ 0.3 chg.)
Revised to 60.7*

45.0 (-1.6 chg.)
Revised to 45.9*

Summary

Media Release

2015 Q3

16.2 (+1.3 chg.)
Revised to 15.8*

60.6 (no chg.)
Revised to 60.2*

44.4 (-1.4 chg.)*

Summary

Media Release

2015 Q4

15.9 (+0.1 chg.)
Revised to 15.1

59.5 (-0.8 chg.)

43.5 (-0.9 chg.)
Revised to 44.4

Summary

Media Release

2016 Q1

13.0 (-2.1 chg.)

59.1 (-0.4 chg.)

46.1 (1.7 chg.)

Summary

 Media Release

 
* Revised for period-to-period compatibility due to data revisions in the index factors.

This information can be used with your clients or local media.

Media inquiries for the AICPA should be directed to James Schiavone, AICPA Media Relations team (jschiavone@aicpa.org).




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