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Marcum-Hofstra CEO Survey

No. 1, 2019

 

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The Marcum-Hofstra University CEO Survey is a periodic gauge of middle-market CEOs’ outlook on the current business environment and their priorities and concerns for the next 12 months.
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The Marcum-Hofstra University CEO Survey is a periodic gauge of middle-market CEOs’ outlook on the current business environment and their priorities and concerns for the next 12 months.
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Questions Asked

  • QUESTION 1

    What is your view of the current business environment?

  • QUESTION 2

    Do you plan to invest in your company over the next 12 months?

  • QUESTION 3

    In which ways do you plan to invest in your company?

  • QUESTION 4

    What are the most important influences for your business planning in the next 12 months?

  • QUESTION 5

    What external issues have the greatest impact on your business?

  • QUESTION 6

    Is your job harder now than in the past?

 

CEO Insights

  • [There is] more competition in the market and pressure to launch products sooner than before.

  • With constant upgrades in technology, I am constantly researching, evaluating and purchasing new equipment.

  • We are constantly asked to do more with less.

  • We are working more with the same number of employees because we can't find talented workers.

  • Uncertainty related to foreign trade, higher costs for everything.

  • More time [is] required to accomplish the same goals.

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What is your view of the current business environment?
 

Key Findings

CEOs across all 17 industry sectors expressed a positive view of the current business environment.

  • 18% of CEOs rated their outlook for the coming year as “10.” This is a substantial increase from the 7.1% who assigned a “10” rating in the previous (No. 4, 2018) survey.
  • 64% of CEOs rated their outlook for the coming year as “8” or higher. This is an increase from 56.9% in the No. 4, 2018, survey.
  • 95.7% assigned a rating of “5” or higher in the current survey, virtually unchanged from the previous survey (95.3%).

INDEX: The weighted average of CEO responses, was 7.79, an increase from 7.46 in the previous (No. 4, 2018) survey and recovering to the confidence level expressed by CEOs a year earlier (7.77 in No. 1, 2018).

 
 
 
 
 
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