Last Updated Oct 7, 2008 1:27 PM EDT
- The Find: Looking for some optimism in an otherwise dreary financial picture? As late as last week, CFOs surveyed nearly unanimously agreed that the credit crisis would not have "a major negative impact on their financial results."
- The Source: A survey, "Senior Finance Executives on the Current Financial Turmoil," conducted jointly by CFO Research and Towers Perrin and launched September 19.
Concern, however, has not (or at least hadn't then) turned into panic. While 62 percent of finance executives acknowledged that the crisis would dampen profit expectations, just 4 percent feared a major negative impact on their financial results. What's more, only about one quarter (26 percent) were considering changing relationships with customers and suppliers, and an even smaller percentage (15 percent) said they were likely to change their incentive packages.
The survey contains a wide array of insights - among them that 59 percent of respondents believe the consolidation among financial services companies caused financial crisis will ultimately harm U.S. companies. For more, check out the complete results.
The Question: Does the attitude of these CFOs amount to healthy optimism or flat-out delusion?