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Swiss CFOs confident despite increasing risks

Three out of four CFOs rate the economic outlook in Switzerland for the next twelve months as positive. Eighty-one per cent of CFOs anticipate higher sales and 41% expect widening operating margins.

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In September 2009 Deloitte successfully launched a quarterly survey of Chief Financial Officers and Group Finance Directors of major companies based in Switzerland. The Survey gauges their attitudes towards the outlook for business, financing, risks and strategies and is designed to identify trends and key themes in the Swiss corporate sector. The CFO Survey is the only survey of its kind in Switzerland.

The survey comprises 20 questions which recur each quarter and around 10 questions unique to the financial conditions of the previous quarter. This allows us to provide you with both specific feedback on the market conditions relevant to the previous quarter, as well as ongoing trend analysis regarding how financial conditions are evolving and how your peers are reacting to them.

The CFO survey brings the views of CFOs to a wide audience in the media and among policy makers and is a valuable benchmark for CFOs. 

The Deloitte CFO Survey - Q2 2014 Results

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Deloitte CFO Survey - Sustained optimism despite increasing risks

The mood among Swiss CFOs continues to be upbeat. The Deloitte CFO Confidence Index is up a further two points this quarter, to +39. This continues the sustained improvement since the end of 2011, when the Index stood at a low of -36.

However, CFOs are more optimistic about the outlook for the corporate environment than about their own company’s growth prospects (+48 as against +32). This general trend is also borne out in their responses to individual questions. CFOs see a higher level of risk to their own company than to the Swiss economy as a whole this quarter. As a result, many companies are still opting for defensive corporate strategies. 

The Deloitte CFO Survey - Q1 2014 Results

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Deloitte CFO Survey - A sustained recovery?

 

The mood among Swiss CFOs continues to be upbeat. The Deloitte CFO Confidence Index stands at +37 in Q1 2014 (up from +31 in Q4 2013), continuing the improvement that began at the end of 2011.

CFOs remain optimistic both about the corporate environment (a net balance of +47, up from +40 in the previous quarter) and about their own company’s prospects (+31, up from +26 in the previous quarter). External factors, such as turbulence in individual growth markets or the crisis in Ukraine, have so far had no visible impact on confidence.

The Deloitte CFO Survey - Q4 2013 Results

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The Deloitte CFO Survey - Starting 2014 on a wave of confidence

Swiss CFOs continue to be optimistic as they look ahead, and their assessment of the corporate environment and growth remain positive in Q4 2013. 

Key findings of the CFO Survey: Swiss CFOs are even more optimistic about the economy this quarter than in Q3 2013. 80% are optimistic about the economic outlook over the next 12 months, the highest quarterly figure since March 2011, and only a very small minority (4%) believe that Switzerland will face a recession over the next two years.

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Dr. Michael Grampp

Dr. Michael Grampp

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Michael is Deloitte’s Chief Economist in Switzerla...More

Dennis Brandes

Dennis Brandes

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Dennis is a Research Manager at Deloitte Insight S...More

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