Conference Board CEO Confidence

On October 1, I wrote a post about the Business Roundtable’s CEO Economic Outlook Survey and the Duke/CFO Magazine Global Business Outlook Survey. Subsequent to that post, the Conference Board released its 3rd Quarter CEO Confidence Survey.   The overall measure of CEO Confidence was at 50, down from 62 in the second quarter. There are …

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The October 2010 Wall Street Journal Economic Forecast Survey

The October Wall Street Journal Economic Forecast Survey was published October 15, 2010.  Most of the survey dealt with how the economists view the impact of further Quantitative Easing (QE). I found a few items of interest in the survey.  Perhaps the most interesting facet was the statement, “Though economists don’t expect robust growth, they …

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IMF Outlook For World GDP

On October 7 The Wall Street Journal had a story titled “Debt Crisis Dims IMF Outlook.” A couple of excerpts from the story: “All told, the IMF predicted the world economy will expand 4.8% in 2010 and 4.2% in 2011.” and: “The risks for economies to backslide are still high amid the fragile economic recovery, …

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CEO & CFO Surveys

On September 28 the Business Roundtable’s CEO Economic Outlook Survey was released for Q3.  The Duke/CFO Magazine Global Business Outlook Survey was released on September 15. Both surveys are well worth looking at, and in general highlight a weakening outlook among executives.  In the CEO survey, of particular interest is the CEO Economic Outlook Index, …

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The September 2010 Wall Street Journal Economic Forecast Survey

I found a few items of interest in the September Wall Street Journal Economic Forecast Survey. Perhaps the most interesting were the questions asked of the economists, including “Why is the U.S. recovery so disappointingly slow?” Also, similar to recent surveys in which this double-dip question has been asked, the survey said “The economists on …

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The August 2010 Wall Street Journal Economic Forecast Survey

I found a few items of interest in the August Wall Street Journal Economic Forecast Survey. Perhaps the most interesting (and perhaps provocative item) was the following: “”It is irresponsible nonsense to claim that tax cuts ‘pay for themselves,’ ” said Nicholas Perna of Perna Associates.” As well, there a variety of interesting questions asked …

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The July 2010 Wall Street Journal Economic Forecast Survey

I found a few items of interest in The July Wall Street Journal Economic Forecast Survey. The economists surveyed continue to place a relatively low probability on a “double-dip” recession.  As stated in the article, “Economists, on average, now see the odds of double-dip recession at 20%.” As well, there a variety of interesting questions …

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Larry Summers On The Economy

Saturday’s (June 19) Boston Globe contained an interview with Larry Summers on the state of the economy. I found the phrasing in a couple of his statements, as seen below, notable: “Summers, the former Harvard University president and Treasury secretary under President Clinton, presented a cautious, measured view of economic conditions. For example, after expressing …

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Ben Bernanke’s Comments On The Current Economic Forecast

I found Ben Bernanke’s comments on the economic outlook, given last Wednesday (June 9), to be interesting. Here are some excerpts, as published in this Wall Street Journal article of June 10: “Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke offered guarded reassurances about the economy in testimony to the House Budget Committee Wednesday, saying a new recession …

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