Economic Outlook

 

Continued Optimism for Improvement, Stability

Expectations for 2015 remain positive. Expectations for U.S. economic improvement/stability remain at pre-recession/recovery levels. While expectations for improvement in the U.S. real estate market dip, the overwhelming majority expects either improvement or stability in the coming year. The majority of firms expect improvement in their overall company financial performance, similar to post-recession levels, with nearly all expecting either improvement or stability.

  • Across company size, roughly two-thirds of firms anticipate better performances in 2015. About half expect improvements in emerging economies, in developed economies, in the U.S. economy, and in the real estate market.
  • Optimism is likely fueled by the experiences of 2014: two-thirds of companies performed better last year, and more than half sensed improvement in global and domestic economies and in the U.S. real estate market.
Question 15-1
Rating of company's overall financial performance in 2014
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Question 15-2
Rating of emerging global market economies in 2014
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Question 15-3
Rating of developed global market economies in 2014
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Question 15-4
Rating of U.S. economy in 2014
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Question 15-5
Rating of U.S. real estate market in 2014
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Question 16-1
Anticipated overall financial performance of company in 2015
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Question 16-2
Anticipated emerging global market economies in 2015
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Question 16-3
Anticipated developed global market economies in 2015
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Question 16-4
Anticipated U.S. economy in 2015
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Question 16-5
Anticipated U.S. real estate market in 2015
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