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.


Nearly 25% of CEOs Expect Drop in Profits and Cap Ex This Year

The CEO Confidence Index continued its decline into September, falling to 4.88 out of a possible 10. The Index hasn't been this low since September 2010’s 4.85. Most CEOs predict a stagnant year, and around one quarter of CEOs expect to see a decrease in profits and capital expenditures.

66 Percent of CEOs Plan to Freeze or Downsize Workforce Size

The beginning of August brought Washington’s debt ceiling circus followed shortly by S&P’s downgrade of American debt. And, in turn, CEO confidence in business conditions remained negative. Though the CEO Confidence Index rose slightly (0.4 percent) it remained at a dismal 5.30 out of a possible 10. As one CEO put it, “As I approach my 44th year in business, the last 20 as a CEO, I can never remember a time when I felt so disenfranchised from our leadership in Washington.

Crash in CEO Confidence; Revenue and Profit Estimates Plummet

The CEO Confidence Index plunged 12.2 percent in June to 5.36 out of a possible 10. This is more than one full point lower than 2011’s high of 6.39 in February. CEOs’ expectations were far lower on everything from revenue and profit to employment and capital expenditures.

CEO Confidence Index Falls on Worries over Inflation and Gov’t Debt

Following an optimistic April, the CEO Confidence Index fell 2.2 % in May to 6.09 out of 10. Only 65 % of CEOs predict that overall business conditions will be ‘good’ or better over the next year. Chief executives focused primarily on the possibility of inflation and increasing levels of government debt.

Confidence on the Rise for Big Companies While Small Ones are Still Wary

April brought an upswing in CEO sentiment, according to Chief Executive's CEO Confidence Index. The Index rose 3.3% to reach 6.22 out of 10. More than two thirds of CEOs (68.1%) foresee an economy that is 'good' or better over the next 12 months.

CEO Confidence Index Tumbles in Wake of Japan Crisis and Mid-East Turmoil

After rising spirits in January and February 2011, CEOs were feeling less optimistic in March. Chief Executive's CEO Confidence Index was down 5.8% from February, settling at a 6.02 out of a possible 10. The reason? Political uncertainty both domestically and abroad.

CEO Confidence Continues to Rise, Though Significant Employment Growth Not Expected Until 2012

Continuing its upward trend, the Index is up 1.02% from its three and a half year high in January, reaching a score of 6.39 out of a possible 10. Over 70% of the CEOs surveyed predict that business conditions will be at least ‘good’ moving forward.

CEO Confidence at Highest Level in Over 3 Years

CEO confidence is at its highest point since July 2007. The Index rose to 6.25 out of 10 in January — 6.9% higher than the previous month. Over 68% of the 377 CEOs surveyed rated their expectations for business conditions as at least 'good.'

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