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Australian CFOs finished the year more confident than they began it. The Q4 2013 survey has revealed trends in optimism increasing, uncertainty falling and the appetite for risk is the highest since the survey began in 2009.
However, this is an economy in transition and CFOs are still being cautious with their money. Despite strong ongoing interest in M&A, CFOs are still more focused on organic expansion.
Pressure to do something is mounting. The majority of CFOs are facing calls from institutions, media and analysts to optimise capital through growth initiatives or return excess cash to shareholders, and more than half say that pressure has increased in the last 12 months.
|Ready, steady … Q4 2013|
|Don't worry, be happy: Q3 2013|
|Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water: Q2 2013|
|Partly sunny with a chance of showers: Q1 2013|
|Shifting gears? Q4 2012|
|Proceed with caution: Q3 2012|
|The glass half full but CFOs not ready to drink: Q2 2012|
|Optimism bounces back: Q1 2012|
|CFOs still nervous: Q4 2011|
|Batten down the hatches: Q3 2011|
|Short term caution, long term optimism: Q2 2011|
|A Show of Resilience: Q1 2011|
|Opportunities and challenges: Q4 2010|
|The long haul to recovery?: Q3 2010|
|Confidence is key: Q2 2010|
|Banking on credit: Q1 2010|
|Geared for growth: Q4 2009|
|Cautious optimism: Q3 2009|