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.


March 2013: Future Outlook Brighter than the Present

With the much-dreaded fiscal cliff crisis resolved by temporary measures, one might think that CEOs would be more optimistic about present conditions than those they anticipate in a year’s time. However, the latest CEO Confidence Index, Chief Executive’s monthly gauge of CEO expectations for overall business conditions over the next 12 months, rose 4.0 percent to a value of 5.29 out of a possible 10, while the Current Confidence Index, which measures CEO opinion on current business conditions, dropped 2.7 percent to a value of 4.93.

CEO Confidence Index Jumps 6.5%, But Most CEOs Are Still Wary About Business Conditions

The CEO Confidence Index rose 6.5% in February to 5.63 out of a possible 10. The eight-month high demonstrates a notable uptick in CEOs' optimism about business conditions, but forecasts for growth and hiring remain limited.

The Future Still Looks Brighter than the Present to CEOs in the New Year

With the much-dreaded fiscal cliff crisis resolved by temporary measures, one might think that CEOs would be more optimistic about present conditions than those...

CEO Evaluations of Current and Expected Future Business Conditions Even-Out at a Middle Mark

Rebounding slightly from November's year low, the CEO Confidence Index, Chief Executive's monthly gauge of CEO expectations for overall business conditions over the next twelve months, rose 2% in December to a mean value of 5.09 (out of a possible 10).

Uncertainty Remains after Election Results; CEO Confidence Index Drops to Year Low of 4.99

The presidential election has come and gone, and the result that surveyed CEOs had consistently expressed anxiety about has come to pass.

CEO Confidence Plummets to 2012 Low on Fears of Obama Re-Election

The CEO Confidence Index dropped 6.6% in October to 2012's new low: 5.11 out of a possible 10. It is apparent that September's 2.5% rise to 5.47 was momentary; the October drop fits an overall downward trend in confidence that has pervaded most of the year.

CEO Confidence Rises Slightly Despite Ongoing Uncertainty Surrounding Presidential Election

The CEO Confidence Index, Chief Executive's monthly gauge of CEO expectations for overall business conditions over the next twelve months, rose 2.5% in September to 5.47 from August's 5.34, out of a possible 10.

CEOs Remain Cautious Ahead of Presidential Election, Confidence Index Stays Flat in August

The CEO Confidence Index fell just 0.3% in August to 5.34 out of a possible 10 from July's 5.36. The Index is now down 11.4% from its 2012 high of 6.03 in February. CEOs of small businesses have even less confidence than their bigger business counterparts.

CEOs Expect Higher Revenues, Lower Profits in May 2012

The CEO Confidence Index rose 1.7% in May to 5.96 out of a possible 10. This increase in expectations comes after a decline in CEO confidence in both March and April. The Index is up 3% for the year.

45% of CEOs to Hire in the Next Year

The CEO Confidence Index gained 4.3% in February, landing at 6.03 out of 10. This is the first time that the Index has ventured above 6.0 since May of 2011. One especially encouraging metric is hiring; over 45% of CEOs expect to expand their workforce over the next 12 months.
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