2016 Q4 Belgian CFO survey
Optimism is close to recent years’ highs, while concerns on financial and economic policy rise
CFOs have entered the year in a positive mood. Amidst the turmoil surrounding Brexit and the new US government, CFOs regained confidence in the financial prospects of their companies. Expansion is top of the agenda and the vast majority of surveyed CFOs have budgeted for growth. Companies will increase investment levels to support their growth ambitions, and financing remains cheap and available. Many companies have internal financing options.
Headcount will further increase, although at a slower pace. A lot of positives, but not without concerns. Political instability within Europe and beyond could hamper the economic recovery. And CFOs have also become very concerned about the appropriateness of governments’ financial and economic priorities and the impact on the competitiveness of their businesses.