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.


March 2016: CEO Confidence Hinges on Election Outcome

The closer we come to the election, the more skittish CEOs become about future business.

April 2016: Pre-Election, CEOs Appear to Be Reserving Judgment

CEOs are cautious about future business expectations and appear to be in 'wait and see' mode.

March 2016: Most Manufacturing CEOs See Strong Future Business Conditions Ahead

Good news: Manufacturing CEOs feel that business conditions are improving.

March 2016: A Light at the End of the Tunnel?

March's 6.04 rating out of 10 (with 10 being the highest) is the first significant increase in CEO confidence in 5 months. Could it be that CEOs are seeing a light at the end of the tunnel?

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.
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