Summary of CFO Quarterly Global Outlook Survey

August 2013

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CFO Quarterly Global Outlook Survey summary
How do CFOs, the second-most important executives at most corporations, perceive the current business climate?


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Chief financial officers (CFOs) stand at the crux of strategy and profits. As the second-most powerful – and arguably the best informed – executives at many organizations, their opinions provide rich insights into the mood of the economy. Financial Executives International and Baruch College publish a quarterly survey of CFOs that monitors trends in corporate finance. getAbstract recommends their August 2013 installment which, though statistics-heavy, offers a digestible breakdown of CFOs’ attitudes and current market sentiment.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How US chief financial officers perceive the current economic climate
  • What expectations they have for the coming year
  • How they are spending


An August 2013 poll of 226 chief financial officers (CFOs) throughout the US found that most have a positive outlook regarding future economic trends, hiring and wage increases in the near future. During the last quarter, CFOs’ confidence in their own businesses rose from 67.1% to 70.7%. Some 48.7% ...
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The Financial Executives International provides independent research for the financial management profession. Baruch College is part of the City University of New York.

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