CFO Sentiment | Edition 6

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CFO Sentiment | Edition 6

It's now a glass half empty

A weaker domestic and global economic outlook weighed on Australian CFO sentiment in the final half of 2018. The US-China trade war and broader share market declines have emerged as major drivers of weaker confidence, and this is limiting risk appetite.

The CFO Sentiment Survey report captures the shifting sentiment of Australia's leading finance execuitives and it seems that Australian CFOs are feeling less optimistic about the future on the back of weaker domestic and global economic outlooks and rising uncertainty.

According to the latest edition of Deloitte’s biannual CFO Sentiment survey, and covering the second half of 2018:

1. Net optimism amongst CFOs is down to 66%, from 73% in the first half of the year

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2. 66% are uncertain about the economic and financial environment facing their company

3. 76% think house prices will be lower in 12 months

4. 50% are considering interest rate normalisation in their strategic planning

5. 53% feel the share market will recover somewhat in 2019.

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