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Optimism Shows Marked Increase in First Quarter

Apr. 7, 2021

When survey participants were asked between March 15 and March 26 to rate the financial prospects of their firms on a scale from 0 to 100, the average optimism level was 73.2. When asked to rate their optimism about the overall U.S. economy, the average index was 67.7, which was a marked increase from the 61.6 reading in the fourth 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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