Economic recovery is about making people feel more confident, says Mark Zandi, chief economist of Moody’s

Zandi evidenced increasing home sales and

gains in the stock market are some promising signs that the worst is

over and people will start spending again.

“We’re starting to see some pent-up demand for goods,” he says.

But Zandi warns that the situation is still

fragile. Confidence is a very fickle thing. It can go from abject

pessimism that pervades now to a more balanced view of the world rather


Robert Brusca of FAO Economics is

predicting strong growth in the last half of the year and a quick

recovery for the labor market. You've lost 5 million jobs. It

shouldn't be hard to put 2.5 million jobs back on rather quickly after

you hit bottom, he said.

Joseph Carson, chief economist at

AllianceBernstein, calls improving home sales, a rising stock market,

and better-than-expected retail sales in February and March good signs

of a turnaround. By the time President Obama’s stimulus package takes

effect, the economy will be ready, he says.

The stimulus has a much better chance of working if trends are already turning up than if it needs to halt a decline, he said.

Source: CNNMoney, Chris Isidore (04/06/2009)