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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.

January 2016: CEO Confidence Starts Out Year on a Sour Note

CEOs responding to Chief Executive's first Confidence Index survey of the new year started out with low marks, rating their confidence in future business 12 months from now a 6.04 on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the highest.

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

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.

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October 2015: CEO Confidence in Overall Future Business Conditions Up Slightly but Expected to Remain Weak Until the Presidential Election

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.

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

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.

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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.

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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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