NFIB Small Business Optimism – May 2020

The May NFIB Small Business Optimism report was released yesterday, June 9, 2020. The headline of the Economic Trends report is “Small Business Optimism Index Rebounds from April, Earnings Trends Decline.” The Index of Small Business Optimism increased by 3.5 points to 94.4. Here is an excerpt that I find particularly notable (but don’t necessarily … Read more NFIB Small Business Optimism – May 2020

Corporate Profits As A Percentage Of GDP

In the last post (“1st Quarter 2020 Corporate Profits“) I displayed, for reference purposes, a long-term chart depicting Corporate Profits After Tax. There are many ways to view this measure, both on an absolute as well as relative basis. One relative measure is viewing Corporate Profits as a Percentage of GDP.  I feel that this … Read more Corporate Profits As A Percentage Of GDP

1st Quarter 2020 Corporate Profits

Today’s (May 28, 2020) GDP release (Q1 2020, Second Estimate) was accompanied by the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) Corporate Profits report (preliminary estimate) for the 1st Quarter. Of course, there are many ways to adjust and depict overall Corporate Profits.  For reference purposes, here is a chart from the St. Louis Federal Reserve (FRED) … Read more 1st Quarter 2020 Corporate Profits

Deloitte “CFO Signals” Report Q2 2020 – Notable Aspects

Recently Deloitte released their “CFO Signals” “High-Level Summary” report for the 2nd Quarter of 2020. As seen in page 3 of the report, there were 147 survey respondents.  As stated: “Each quarter (since 2Q10), CFO Signals has tracked the thinking and actions of CFOs representing many of North America’s largest and most influential companies. All respondents are … Read more Deloitte “CFO Signals” Report Q2 2020 – Notable Aspects

April 2020 Duke/CFO Global Business Outlook Survey – Notable Excerpts

On April 15, 2020 the April 2020 Duke/CFO Global Business Outlook was released.  It contains a variety of statistics regarding how CFOs view business and economic conditions. In this CFO survey press release, I found the following to be the most notable excerpts – although I don’t necessarily agree with them: The CFO Optimism Index fell to … Read more April 2020 Duke/CFO Global Business Outlook Survey – Notable Excerpts

CEO Confidence Surveys 1Q 2020 – Notable Excerpts

On April 9, 2020, The Conference Board released the 1st Quarter Measure Of CEO Confidence.   The overall measure of CEO Confidence was at 36, down from 43 in the fourth quarter. [note:  a reading of more than 50 points reflects more positive than negative responses] Notable excerpts from this April 9, 2020 Press Release include: “In … Read more CEO Confidence Surveys 1Q 2020 – Notable Excerpts

Corporate Profits As A Percentage Of GDP

In the last post (“4th Quarter 2019 Corporate Profits“) I displayed, for reference purposes, a long-term chart depicting Corporate Profits After Tax. There are many ways to view this measure, both on an absolute as well as relative basis. One relative measure is viewing Corporate Profits as a Percentage of GDP.  I feel that this … Read more Corporate Profits As A Percentage Of GDP

4th Quarter 2019 Corporate Profits

Today’s (March 26, 2020) GDP release (Q4 2019, third estimate) was accompanied by the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) Corporate Profits report (preliminary estimate) for the 4th Quarter. Of course, there are many ways to adjust and depict overall Corporate Profits.  For reference purposes, here is a chart from the St. Louis Federal Reserve (FRED) … Read more 4th Quarter 2019 Corporate Profits

NFIB Small Business Optimism – February 2020

The February NFIB Small Business Optimism report was released today, March 10, 2020. The headline of the Economic Trends report is “Small Business Owners Remained Optimistic in February.” The Index of Small Business Optimism increased by .2 points to 104.5. Here is an excerpt that I find particularly notable (but don’t necessarily agree with): “The … Read more NFIB Small Business Optimism – February 2020

CEO Confidence Surveys 4Q 2019 – Notable Excerpts

On January 7, 2020, The Conference Board released the 4th Quarter Measure Of CEO Confidence.   The overall measure of CEO Confidence was at 43, up from 34 in the third quarter. [note:  a reading of more than 50 points reflects more positive than negative responses] Notable excerpts from this January 7, 2020 Press Release include: CEOs … Read more CEO Confidence Surveys 4Q 2019 – Notable Excerpts