The CFO Survey First Quarter 2021 – Notable Excerpts

On April 7, 2021 the latest CFO Survey (formerly called the “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: CFOs expressed growing …

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Corporate Profits As A Percentage Of GDP

In the last post (“4th 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 …

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4th Quarter 2020 Corporate Profits

Today’s (March 25, 2021) GDP release (Q4 2020, 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) …

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Deloitte “CFO Signals” Report Q1 2021 – Notable Aspects

Recently Deloitte released their “CFO Signals” “High-Level Summary” report for the 1st Quarter of 2021. As seen in page 3 of the report, there were 128 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 …

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NFIB Small Business Optimism – February 2021

The February NFIB Small Business Optimism report was released today, March 9, 2021. The headline of the Economic Trends report is “Small Business Optimism Improves Slightly in February.” The Index of Small Business Optimism increased by .8 points to 95.8. Here is an excerpt that I find particularly notable (but don’t necessarily agree with): Only …

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CEO Confidence Surveys 1Q 2021 – Notable Excerpts

On February 18, 2021, The Conference Board released the Q1 2021 Measure Of CEO Confidence.   The overall measure of CEO Confidence was at 73, up from 64. [note:  a reading of more than 50 points reflects more positive than negative responses] Notable excerpts from this February 18, 2021 Press Release include: Current Conditions CEOs’ assessment of general …

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The CFO Survey Fourth Quarter 2020 – Notable Excerpts

On December 22, 2020 the latest CFO Survey (formerly called the “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 survey was …

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Deloitte “CFO Signals” Report Q4 2020 – Notable Aspects

Recently Deloitte released their “CFO Signals” “High-Level Summary” report for the 4th Quarter of 2020. As seen in page 3 of the report, there were 148 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 …

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NFIB Small Business Optimism – November 2020

The November NFIB Small Business Optimism report was released today, December 8, 2020. The headline of the Economic Trends report is “Small Business Owners Remain Uncertain After Election.” The Index of Small Business Optimism decreased by 2.6 points to 101.4. Here is an excerpt that I find particularly notable (but don’t necessarily agree with): The …

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Corporate Profits As A Percentage Of GDP

In the last post (“3rd 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 …

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