Business Optimism Rebounds From Virus Shock
"We’re digging out of a very deep hole of pessimism. Comparisons are still tracking with the years immediately following the Great Recession."
Small Businesses See Recession as ‘Short-Lived’
A closely-watched survey found small business optimism over the economy rebounded last month after a record plunge in March.
Cyber Incidents Ranked as No. 1 Business Risk
Allianz says its latest risk survey shows "cyber risk and climate change are two significant challenges that companies need to watch closely."
Governance Survey Grades Companies With C+
Only 16% of public companies included in the new American Corporate Governance Index scored A- or better.
Execs’ Optimism About Economy Drops to 34%
Trade tensions and the China slowdown "have contributed to a sense of uncertainty and pessimism about the global economy," AICPA says.
Banks See Tighter Standards on Loans in 2019
The Fed's latest survey of loan officers shows "an increasing number of banks bracing for a lending slowdown.”
Slump in MBA Applications Hits Elite Schools
A new survey suggests Harvard, Wharton, and Stanford are starting “to show signs of struggling to lure young professionals out of the strong job market.”
CFOs Back Immigration Reform to Aid Hiring
The Duke/CFO Global Business Outlook survey shows strong support among finance chiefs for easing restrictions on foreign students.
IFIAR Reports Decline in Audit Deficiency Rate
While IFIAR says the audit deficiency rate “is trending downward on an overall basis," it urges firms to continue strengthening quality control systems.
Digital Disruption Fueling Divestment Plans
EY reports the number of companies planning to complete a divestment in the next two years more than doubled to 87% from 43% in 2017.
Banks Continue Easing C&I Loan Standards
Nearly every bank that responded to a Fed survey attributed eased standards to more aggressive competition.