Unique insights into the global economy
Each quarter, YPO surveys its network of 24,000 CEOs in more than 130 countries, on questions related to current and expected economic conditions affecting their businesses. About a third of YPO members are entrepreneurs, another third run family businesses, and the rest are professional (hired) executives.
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 – fourth quarter 2015
The quarterly online survey was conducted during the first two weeks of January 2016 among the active membership of YPO and its graduate group, WPO. Globally, 27% of participants were from large companies (more than 500 employees), 39% 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.