CNBC's Global CFO Council: Policy not affecting business
Ahead of the federal government shutdown, CNBC asked the 25 chief financial officers who make up the council—and who collectively manage some $2 trillion in market capitalization—whether or not such a scenario would pose a risk to their firm's strategic planning.
The overwhelming majority of respondents—95 percent—said "no".
When it comes to the Fed's delay in tapering, nearly 72 percent said their company's financial decisions have remained unchanged in the wake of the central bank's decision. Most of the council was split on when they think tapering will actually begin, most believe it will happen before the third quarter of 2014—nearly 95 percent.
Yet despite the fact that recent public policy decisions have yet to trickle down and affect the council's business planning, there has been a dip in overall economic optimism. This dip has become a trend in CNBC's CFO Council surveys.
In July's survey, 4 percent of the council said the overall economy was "strongly improving." Those feelings of strong economic improvement were nonexistent in August's survey, but 62 percent of the council still felt things were "modestly improving." This time, the sentiment of slight improvement dropped—a 50/50 split between "modestly improving" and "stable."
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When asked what the largest external risk factor facing their company today is, the top response was weakening consumer demand, followed by the global economy.
Highlights from the CNBC Global Council Survey:
—61 percent anticipate their firm's third quarter earnings to be "as expected."
—78 percent believe activist investors have some level of impact on shareholder equity.
—Nearly 40 percent are projecting a slight head-count increase in 2014; while almost another 40 percent said they are expecting a slight head-count decrease.