The Tooth Fairy as an Economic Indicator?

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What do the Tooth Fairy’s handouts and the Dow Jones Industrial Average have in common? Both are on the rise.

But surely this nonsense is a coincidence, right? Not according to the 13th annual Tooth Fairy Poll [PDF].

This national survey, conducted by oral-education nonprofit Delta Dental, found that the Tooth Fairy was more generous last year than she has been since 2008. Children are receiving an average of $2.52 dollars this year – an 18-percent increase over last year’s $2.13.

In other words, like the Dow Jones, her generosity has been on the rise as the U.S. economy slowly rises from recession.

“This year’s Tooth Fairy Poll average reflects improvements we’re seeing in other areas of the economy,” said Ann Johnson, a director at Delta Dental of Minnesota. “For example, the Dow Jones Industrial Average increased 23 percent during the same time period. The Tooth Fairy may be another indicator that the economy is starting to recover.”

Still skeptical? Check out the numbers for yourself: the green line is the Dow Jones Industrial Average, and the blue line is the Tooth Fairy Index.

To learn more about the Tooth Fairy Poll, visit TheOfficialToothFairyPoll.com. If the Tooth Fairy no longer supplements your income, try 5 Tips to Take the Bite out of Dental Bills.

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    Isn’t this more a sign of inflation than the economy on the mend? Just check the grocery store instead of the DJIA; since when does an apple cost a dollar on sale? Since when has chicken become the new lobster price-wise? The economy is getting better, the recession is on the mend? This is inflation, and it’s only going to get a lot worse.

    I’d look more at the gold and silver spot markets to see what’s really happening with the economy. Any commodity will tell you how it’s really going with the recession. You may see the image of the stock market going up but that really means that the purchasing power of your dollar is going down. The dollar is losing its value. Anyone basing their view of the economy on the indicators of the Tooth Fairy is going to be sorely disappointed when they wake up and realize that she and her “mending recession” are just a fantasy.