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Optimism Edges Higher in Fourth Quarter

Dec. 22, 2020

When survey participants were asked between November 30 and December 11 to rate the financial prospects of their firms on a scale from 0 to 100, the average optimism level was 71.0. When asked to rate their optimism about the overall U.S. economy, the average index was 61.6. Both indexes were slightly above third quarter levels 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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