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Optimism Remains Steady in Third Quarter

October 7, 2020

When survey participants were asked between September 14 and September 25 to rate the financial prospects of their firms on a scale from 0 to 100, the average optimism level was 70.4. When asked to rate their optimism about the overall U.S. economy, the average index was 61.0. Both indexes were in line with second quarter readings and well above readings from the first quarter.

Note: The dashed vertical line denotes a moderate change in the question wording and presentation. Please see The CFO Survey Methodology for further information.

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