CEO Confidence Index

CEO Confidence Index Methodology

Chief Executive surveys CEOs each month to compile our CEO Confidence Index data. Survey results are released each month on ChiefExecutive.net and covered in each issue of Chief Executive magazine.


March 2017: CEO Confidence in Future Business Conditions Soars 6%

After taking a slight step backward in February, CEO confidence ratings surged in March, to 7.41, up 6.0% from 6.99 in February, and up 4.8% from 7.07 in January.

February 2017: Are CEOs Getting Nervous?

CEO confidence dropped a nominal 1.1% in February 2017 after a three-month rise.

January 2017: CEO Confidence Increases for Third Straight Month

January 2017 marked the third straight month that CEO confidence rose after a year of record lows.

December 2016: CEO Confidence Finishes Out Year on High Note

CEOs are clearly excited about the prospect of the president-elect taking office on Jan. 20. After a 10.8% jump in November, their confidence in future business conditions 12 months from now increased another 5.9% in December.

October 2016: CEO Confidence Holding Steady as Countdown to Election Begins

CEO confidence in business conditions 12 months from now remained flat in October, registering a 5.90 on a scale of 1 to 10, compared with the same rating for September.

August 2016: The Larger the Company, the Deeper the Concern

It’s not surprising that large companies (+$1 billion) have the weakest view of future business conditions (12 months from now), according to our latest CEO Confidence Index.

July 2016: CEO Confidence About Future Business Conditions at Lowest Point in Last 12...

Between the UK’s Brexit vote, the upcoming U.S. presidential election, ongoing terrorism attacks and other global issues, it appears that CEOs are voicing more skepticism about future business conditions today than they had in previous months.

March 2016: CEO Confidence Hinges on Election Outcome

The closer we come to the election, the more skittish CEOs become about future business.

April 2016: Pre-Election, CEOs Appear to Be Reserving Judgment

CEOs are cautious about future business expectations and appear to be in 'wait and see' mode.

March 2016: Most Manufacturing CEOs See Strong Future Business Conditions Ahead

Good news: Manufacturing CEOs feel that business conditions are improving.
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CEOs Anticipate Improved Business Conditions By Next Year

Despite CEOs’ confidence ratings in future business conditions being flat since April, we believe their confidence may be about to break out of its holding pattern.

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