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CFO Insights — Special Edition: Results from 2017 Q1 "CFO Signals" survey

Published on: Mar 23, 2017

Following their very positive outlook in the second and third quarters of 2016, CFOs were even more positive as they looked toward 2017. They were particularly bullish on the U.S. economy, and their optimism regarding their own companies’ prospects remained strong. Even so, they cited growing concerns related to uncertainty — especially around the possibility of protectionist trade policies.

To understand companies’ thinking about the broad range of policy proposals being discussed, the 2017 Q1 CFO Signals survey asked about factors that have been limiting companies’ growth and the policy areas CFOs would like to see tackled first. This quarter’s survey also explored the anticipated impact of potential policy changes.

Overall, respondents’ collective outlook has improved significantly since the last survey, with CFOs voicing high hopes for lower taxes, a more business-friendly regulatory environment, and better economic growth. But the past few months have also done little to reduce concerns about policy uncertainty — especially around trade and taxes.

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