The Vistage CEO Confidence Index Forecasting for your business Since 2003, the Vistage CEO Confidence Index has provided a quarterly comprehensive report of the opinions and projections of more than 1,400 CEOs of small- to mid-sized companies about the economy, their hiring and investment plans, and prospects for their revenues and profitability. The Vistage CEO Confidence Index has been a proven predictor of GDP, two quarters in advance. U.S. small and mid-sized businesses represent the most vital component of the nation’s economy. This sector creates 75% of all new jobs and generates 50% of all national revenue. The opinions of these business leaders provide a clear snapshot of current economic, market and industry trends and demonstrate their plans for growth over the next 12 months. These CEO and leadership insights provide a leading indicator for employment, capital expenditure, sales, and revenue and profit trends. Latest Results SMB CEO Optimism Reaches Decade Peak with More than 7-in-10 Planning to Hire in 2018, finds Q4 2017 Vistage CEO Confidence Index Nearly 10 percent more small- to mid-sized businesses intend to hire, driven by expectations for increased profit growth, optimism in economy SAN DIEGO, January 11, 2018 — CEOs voiced the most optimistic economic outlook in 14 years in the Q4 2017 Vistage CEO Confidence Index. The index spiked to 110.3 from the prior quarter’s 103. Among U.S. small- to mid-sized business leadership, planned increases in hiring and expected revenue growth were the highest in a dozen years, anticipated profit growth was the highest in ten years, and intentions to expand investments in their productive capacity reached the highest level since the closing quarter of 2004. Complete survey results View the latest results (PDF) Infographic Snapshot See the results visually Archive View previous survey results History of Vistage CEO Confidence Index The Vistage CEO Confidence Index began in Q2 2003 when 1041 Vistage member CEOs responded to a Vistage survey, creating the baseline against which the index is measured. Each quarter, CEOs are asked the same set of questions about the state of the U.S. economy, their revenues and profits, investment and hiring plans, as well as questions relating to current business issues. The first six questions make up the components of the Vistage CEO Confidence Index score. How is the Vistage CEO Confidence Index Calculated? The survey is fielded online and updated for a period of 7-10 days every month during the year. All component questions are scored as the percent giving favorable replies minus the percent unfavorable plus 100. The Vistage CEO Confidence Index is the sum of the components calculated as a percentage of the level recorded in the 2nd quarter 2003 survey. The results are analyzed by Dr. Richard Curtin, the chief analyst at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. About Dr. Curtin Dr. Richard Curtin is a Research Professor and has been the Director of the Surveys of Consumers at the University of Michigan since 1976. Professor Curtin’s monthly report on consumer confidence is one of the most closely followed economic indicators, with findings from his research extensively reported in the media. His research is widely used by businesses and financial institutions as well as by federal agencies responsible for monetary and fiscal policies. Data from the Surveys of Consumers is an official component of the Index of Leading Economic Indicators.