CFO Confidence Index

A quarterly pulse survey of U.S.-based CFOs

Launched in the fall of 2020, the CFO Confidence Index is a quarterly pulse survey of U.S.-based CFOs on their perspective of the economy and how policies and current events are affecting their companies and strategies. Every quarter, StrategicCFO360 asks thousands of CFOs the same three questions regarding their confidence in the current business environment, their outlook for the economy 12 months from now, and their projections for their company’s revenue, profit, capex and cash/debt ratio for the year ahead. Supplementing those three questions are questions on current events, as they pertain to strategy and operations.

Participation in the poll is reserved exclusively for CFOs and finance executives, at companies across all sectors and sizes.

The survey only remains open for 48 hours, thus making for a very timely assessment of sentiment. The data is compiled and analyzed to establish trends and calculate the Index’s weighted averages. The results are then released on, with exclusive comments and insights from hundreds of participating CFOs. Unless otherwise explicitly agreed upon by the respondent, all responses are kept confidential to allow participants to share their perspective in a respectful, truthful, unbiased and collegial setting.

For more information about the Index and the different research programs we run, please contact our Research team at [email protected]

Latest Confidence Index Posts

Finance chief optimism rises for the first time in a year.

CFO Optimism About Year Ahead Rises For First Time In A Year

There are plenty of caveats, but finance chiefs see a mild recession with a quick resolution, easing inflation, low unemployment and diminishing supply chain issues ahead.

2022 Year in Review: How CFOs’ Predictions Stacked Up

In December 2021, StrategicCFO360 surveyed 127 CFOs from around the country on their predictions for 2022. Then came a war, record-high inflation and growing fears of recession. How did the predictions hold up?

CFO Optimism Continues To Shrink Amid Growing Likelihood Of Recession In 2023 

Our latest polling data shows CFO optimism down double digits since the beginning of the year, as outlook for business conditions continues to wane.