Trade

Bad News? Four Points Of Optimism About The Economy

We've reached 10 years of economic expansion and yet, many CEOs seem to be anxious. The biggest worry rhymes with Smariffs, but that’s hardly the only concern. Amid this darkening mood, Chief Executive Editor-in-Chief Dan Bigman shares a few reasons to be optimistic.
President Trump's trade policies are dividing CEOs.

How Business Leaders Can Alter Trump’s Trade War

Take it from someone who knows President Trump’s divide-and-conquer tactics fairly well, U.S. business leaders need to unite in championing an alternative method to the trade war.

CEO Confidence Plunges In August Amid Growing Trade Worries And Slowdown Fears

CEO confidence in future business conditions fell 6% in August from July, according to Chief Executive’s most recent polling. At 6.2 out of 10 on our 1-10 scale, confidence is at its lowest level since October 2016.

Detroit Auto’s Three CEOs Each Hold Different Cards in UAW Negotiations

The landscape in the U.S. automotive business has changed significantly since the last time the Detroit Three automakers and the United Auto Workers agreed on new national contracts in 2015.

CEO Confidence Plunges On Tariff Fears In June

Amid announcements of new tariffs on China and, at the time of polling, Mexico, CEOs’ outlook for future business conditions plunged 6 percent from May to June, according to Chief Executive’s most recent reading of CEO confidence.

A Peek Inside Fred Smith’s World

In the midst of a pitched battle with Wall Street, rising global trade tensions, growing anti-business sentiment and incredible technological change, we asked FedEx founder and CEO Fred Smith about his company, his leadership—and what to watch for next.

CEO Confidence Rebounds In May Despite Escalation Of U.S. Trade Fight With China

President Trump’s escalation of the trade fight with China may have spooked global markets, but U.S. CEOs are taking it in stride so far, according to Chief Executive’s monthly reading of CEO confidence.

CEO Confidence Continued To Slide In April

The issue of tariffs remains unresolved and, paired with slowing global growth, those concerns weighed down CEO confidence in April, warranting caution and influencing companies to pause large capital projects.

Working With TrumpTrade: CEOs Face Uncertainty

CEOs across every sector have spent the last two years trying to discern what to do in the face of Trump’s trade policy—whether they agree with his goals or not.

CEO Confidence Bounces Back In February After Plunging In Late 2018

CEOs have revived optimism stemming from robust economic conditions, solid consumer demand, strong earnings, and easy access to capital.
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July Survey Finds CEO Optimism On Economy Nearing Pre-Crisis Levels

Chief Executive’s July survey of 326 U.S. CEOs shows an increase in optimism about the 2021 economy. But the November election may be the monkey wrench.
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