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CFO Insights — Special edition: Results from 2019 Q3 "CFO Signals" survey

Published on: Sep 19, 2019

This quarter, CFOs’ sources of concern and uncertainty have intensified. Major economies showed more signs of slowing. The U.S. tariff threats toward China escalated, a no-deal Brexit became more likely, and questions about trade within North America and between the United States and Europe remained unresolved.

As Deloitte’s Chief Global Economist, Ira Kalish, put it, “The world increasingly appears to be on recession watch.” This quarter’s survey findings seem to indicate that large companies agree, with several key metrics hitting new multi-year and historic (i.e., 38-quarter) lows. Notably, the survey’s own-company optimism index turned negative for the first time in nearly seven years.

In addition, this quarter we asked CFOs about their approach to providing guidance, frequency of investor relations analysis and communication, types of activism they have experienced, and their responses to activists. The views varied among public and private company CFOs.

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