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About the Survey

The CFO Survey is one of the most comprehensive and longestā€running surveys of financial decision makers. Started in 1996 by Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, the quarterly survey is now conducted in partnership with the Federal Reserve Banks of Richmond and Atlanta. The survey offers insights from business leaders on the financial outlook for their firms, the challenges they face, and their expectations for the economy. Those surveyed—including chief financial officers, owner-operators, vice presidents and directors of finance, accountants, controllers, treasurers, and others with financial decision-making roles—are particularly well-placed to assess their firms’ outlook in the context of the broader economy. The CFO Survey panel includes firms that range from small operations to Fortune 500 companies across all major industries.

For a fuller discussion of the survey’s history and enhancements, please read “Introducing The CFO Survey.” More details on changes to existing questions are available in The CFO Survey Methodology.

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Duke University has surveyed CFOs quarterly for nearly 25 years. The Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond and the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta have conducted their own surveys for more than 30 years. The partnership enables Duke and the Federal Reserve Banks of Richmond and Atlanta to leverage their collective expertise in survey design and data analysis.

Researchers and Panel Coordinators

Meet the team and find out what makes The CFO Survey partnership powerful.

Release Schedule

We will release the results of The CFO Survey at 8:30 a.m. on the following dates:

Reference QuarterRelease Dates
Q2 2020
July 8, 2020
Q3 2020
October 7, 2020
Q4 2020December 22, 2020


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