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CEO Confidence Index

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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.

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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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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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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March 2015: CEO Confidence Among Mid-Market Firms Rises 4.5% Over March 2014

Mid-market CEOs were significantly more confident in March 2015 about their prospects a year from now than they were 12 months ago in March 2014. March 2015 register a 6.48 rating on a scale of 1-10, with 10 being the highest, as compared to a 6.20 in March year ago. In that time, oil prices have dropped significantly, the U.S. dollar has strengthened, ...

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February 2015: CEO Confidence Up Nearly 10% From the Same Year-Ago Period

The CEO Confidence Index, Chief Executive‘s monthly gauge of CEOs’ expectations for business conditions over the next 12 months, shrank 3.9% in February, putting confidence back at December levels, landing at 6.45 out of a possible 10, compared to 6.71 for January. However, when compared against the same year-ago period, confidence is up nearly 10%.

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January 2015: CEO Confidence Starts Off Year on a Good Note, Up 3.7%

The CEO Confidence Index, Chief Executive‘s monthly gauge of CEOs’ expectations for business conditions over the next 12 months, jumped 3.7% in January, after taking a 4.2% dip in December, landing at 6.48 out of a possible 10.

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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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December 2014: CEO Confidence Dropped 4.2% From November

The CEO Confidence Index, Chief Executive‘s monthly gauge of CEOs’ expectations for business conditions over the next 12 months, shrank 1.3% in October, landing at 6.36 out of a possible 10.

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October 2014: CEO Confidence Down 1.3% From September

The CEO Confidence Index, Chief Executive‘s monthly gauge of CEOs’ expectations for business conditions over the next 12 months, shrank 1.3% in October, landing at 6.36 out of a possible 10.

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November 2014: CEO Confidence Is Up 6.2% Over October

The CEO Confidence Index, Chief Executive‘s monthly gauge of CEOs’ expectations for business conditions over the next 12 months, shrank 1.3% in October, landing at 6.36 out of a possible 10.

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