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CFO Insights — Special Edition: Results from 2016 Q4 "CFO Signals" survey

Published on: Jan 05, 2017

Last quarter, CFOs faced a barrage of domestic and global developments that led to decidedly mixed sentiment and expectations. This quarter’s developments did little to offer a reprieve from volatility or uncertainty.

Lack of clarity around government policy rose significantly this quarter, with respondents frequently mentioning two new themes among their most worrisome risks: “uncertain impact of the new US administration” and “impact of protectionism on global trade.”

Yet, many broader economic indicators have continued to improve. Bond yields rose, consumer confidence remained high, retail sales were strong, equities hit new highs, and claims for unemployment insurance fell to their lowest level since 1973.

So where does this leave CFOs’ sentiment and expectations as they look to 2017 and beyond?


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