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About Global Pulse


The only CEO economic sentiment indicator to span the globe on a quarterly basis.

Unique insights into the global economy

Each quarter, YPO surveys its network of 23,000 CEOs in more than 130 countries, on questions related to current and expected economic environment affecting their businesses. About a third of YPO members are entrepreneurs, another third run family businesses, and the rest are professional (hired) executives.


Survey Methodology

The Confidence Index combines surveyed CEO projections for sales, employee count, fixed investment and business conditions. The Index is centered on 50. An Index reading below 50 indicates a negative outlook – the lower the number, the more negative the outlook. A reading above 50 indicates a positive outlook – the higher the number, the more positive the outlook.


Survey Methodology – third quarter 2015

The quarterly online survey was conducted during the first two weeks of October 2015 among the active membership of YPO and its graduate group, WPO. Globally, 29% of participants were from large companies (more than 500 employees), 37% from medium-sized companies (100-500 employees), and 34% from small companies (less than 100 employees). By business sector, 26% of participants were from the production sector, 10% from construction and 64% from the services sector. The respondents by area are indicated below.

Respondents by Area

1,915 179 224 115 89 165 37 163 130 797 16
Total Africa Asia Australasia Canada European Union Europe Non-EU Latin America MENA United States Not specified

YPO Global Pulse results from previous quarters

  2015 Findings
  2014 Findings
  2013 Findings
  2012 Findings
  2011 Findings
  2010 Findings
  2009 Findings


For more information about the YPO Global Pulse, contact ypoglobalpulse@ypo.org.