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.


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.

March 2016: A Light at the End of the Tunnel?

March's 6.04 rating out of 10 (with 10 being the highest) is the first significant increase in CEO confidence in 5 months. Could it be that CEOs are seeing a light at the end of the tunnel?

Feb. 2016: Confidence in Future Business at a 14-Month Low

There was no difference in opinion based on company size, but there were significant differences when analyzed by industry.

December 2015: CEO Confidence in Future Business Finishes 2015 Down 9.4%

CEOs overall rated their confidence in business conditions 12 months from now a 6.08 on a scale of 1 to 10 (with 10 being the highest), compared with 6.71 in January, a 9.4% reduction caused by a weak economic recovery, flat manufacturing sales, increased terrorism, cybersecurity threats and more.

November 2015: Confidence in Future Business Conditions Continues to Sink Lower

CEOs’ faith in future business conditions (12 months from now) continues to drop. Respondents to Chief Executive’s November 2015 survey showed a reduction in CEO confidence, down 2.7% from October—and down 9.7% the beginning of the year.
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March 2017: CEO Confidence in Future Business Conditions Soars 6%

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