Tune out. That’s essentially the message from Eleanor Blayney, consumer advocate with the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards.

“Our national problem is really a lack of confidence and certainty,” Blayney said. “We are becoming fixated on negative information, and it’s clouding our judgment about the future. People have stopped spending on critical goods meant to replace old or worn-out products—spending that is crucial to an economic recovery.”

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