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

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June 2015: CEO Confidence Down 2.5% From May

CEOs’ confidence in what they anticipate overall business conditions to be 1 year from now weakened in June as compared to the previous month, making June the lowest month of CEO Confidence all year. CEOs who responded to Chief Executive’s monthly Confidence Index survey rated their confidence in future business a 6.25 out of a possible 10, compared with 6.41 ...

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May 2015: CEO Confidence at Lowest Point This Year

Clearly, CEO confidence has been affected by the negative economic reports of late, including flat or reduced U.S. job growth, GDP and manufacturing output. Some economic forecasters are even starting to plan for the next recession. As a result, in May, CEOs reported having less confidence in their expectations for overall business conditions a year from now than they did in April, and their confidence was the ...

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March 2015: Large Mid-Market Firm CEOs Are More Confident Than Their Smaller Company Peers

For four out of the last five years, CEOs of mid-market companies with more than $100 million in revenue had the most confidence in their expectations for overall business conditions a year from now as compared to their smaller-company peers. They also scored higher than the average of all CEOs surveyed. In March 2015, CEOs of larger mid-market companies rated their confidence level in how they ...

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December 2014: CEO Confidence Near Highest Levels Since 2008, Despite Drop From November

THE CEO CONFIDENCE INDEX, Chief Executive’s monthly gauge of CEOs’ expectations for business conditions over the next 12 months, dropped 4.2 percent from November to December, landing at 6.47 out of a possible 10. Though optimism took a tumble since November, this is still the second-highest rating CEOs have given since July 2007. The third and fourth quarters of 2014 have proven the most encouraging in the past decade, with the ...

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