Q4 2012 Global CFO Signals
Waiting to exhale
To say that 2012 was a difficult year for CFOs around the globe is an understatement. Given the political uncertainties in the United States, the currency crisis in Europe, the slowdown in China, and various regulatory hurdles, CFOs had little clarity into the future or comfort level for investment. Judging from the results of the latest Global CFO Signals, however, Q4 may mark a turning point. But, will 2013 be the year CFOs finally signal strong optimism about their companies’– and their countries’– prospects?
Deloitte’s Global CFO Signals provides highlights of recent CFO survey results from Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited member firms. The good news is that in this issue of Global CFO Signals, which features surveys from 20 geographies (including inaugural surveys from Bulgaria and Slovenia), CFOs’ optimism toward their companies’ prospects returned to positive territory in many of the countries reporting. Moreover, some countries, including India (somewhat cautiously), report greater optimism about their home economies heading into 2013.
What seems clear is that CFOs and their companies have the means to grow. They just need the confidence — and in many cases, the regulatory clarity — to get started.
Download the Q4 2012 Global CFO Signals report to learn more.
Australia: Shifting gears?
Austria: Small steps forward
Belgium: Preparing for 2014
Bulgaria: Caution rules
Croatia: Increased optimism
Czech Republic: Wariness mounts
Hungary: Contradictory signals
India: Cautious optimism
Ireland: The Celtic comeback?
Middle East: Optimism amid tension
Netherlands: Uncertainty accepted?
North America: Less uncertainty, little clarity
Poland: Concerns continue
Romania: Uncertainty weighs heavily
Slovak Republic: Balancing act
Slovenia: Recession returns
Spain: Falling behind expectations
South Africa: Eyes on the goal
Switzerland: Same direction or new horizons?
United Kingdom: The search for opportunity