Perhaps it's seasonal, but consumers are apparently feeling better about the economy than they have in years, and they are more confident about the financial services sector, too.

That's according to a study of 1,000 adults – conducted online by LIMRA between Jan. 16 and Feb. 20 – which found that more than a third of those polled held a favorable view of the economy.

The timing of the study as well as current trends in the economy may both be significant to the findings, according to Jennifer Douglas, associate research director of LIMRA Developmental and Strategic Research.

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