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Fed survey: Consumers expect better credit, higher health bills

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America's Fed expectations

A new monthly survey released by the Fed shows consumer expectations for medical costs increased slightly in the last two months of the year while their views of credit availability improved in December.

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York released its new survey of consumer expectations, which captures the views of Americans on everything from inflation to job security and prospects to household finances.

Perceptions about access to credit and future credit improved slightly, reversing a modest decline in September to November. For instance, 17.9 percent believed credit access would be easier in a year, up from 14.5 percent in November, and 10.4 percent expected credit to be more difficult, down from 12.2 percent in November.