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CFO Insights Special Edition: 2017 Q4 CFO Signals Survey Results

Published on: Jan 11, 2018

Following the 2016 US presidential election, CFOs started off 2017 on a very positive note – with the first quarter survey registering the sharpest sentiment uptick in its seven-year history. The positive outlook continued in the second and third quarters, even as CFOs voiced steadily growing concerns about geopolitical conflict, US political turmoil, and Washington’s struggles to deliver in key policy areas.

CFOs confidence in the trajectory of the North American economy slid last quarter, with CFOs voicing stronger concerns about Washington and geopolitics. Turmoil continued on several fronts this quarter. But global economic growth remained on a positive trajectory and equity markets hit new highs, and CFOs’ optimism about their own companies’ prospects rebounded to the third-highest level in the survey’s history. So what is driving CFOs’ optimism as they look toward 2018? To answer this question, this quarter’s survey explores CFOs’ perspectives regarding major economies, government policy, megatrends and disruptors, and their own companies’ plans.

This publication was released by our US firm.


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