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.


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.

October 2015: CEO Confidence in Overall Future Business Conditions Up Slightly but Expected to...

All year, there have been media reports of a flat or sluggish economy, so it’s no wonder CEOs’ confidence in future business conditions is still relatively weak compared with the start of the year.

September 2015 CEO Confidence Index: CEOs Are Angry at Washington; but Their Outlook Depends...

CEOs’ outlook on the future diverges significantly by industry, with Pharmaceutical/Medical Device leaders having the most confident outlook on future prospects. while energy/utility companies, not surprisingly, have the least positive outlook, and feel that economic conditions, for them, will get worse by next year.

July 2015: CEO Confidence Is Down 5.7% From January

CEO confidence started off the year on a high note. But due to a combination of economic, regulatory and other woes, confidence at the seven-month mark has weakened slightly.

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,...

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...

April 2015: CEO Confidence Is Up Slightly, at 0.6%

The CEO Confidence Index, Chief Executive‘s monthly gauge of CEOs’ expectations for business conditions over the next 12 months. With a slow-but-steady rise over the last two months, CEOs are growing more confident about future business conditions.
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July 2017: Are CEOs in a ‘Wait-and-See’ Holding Pattern?

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