GLG Network Survey: CFO Economic Outlook

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GLG surveyed 70 Chief Financial Officers from US and Europe (UK, DE, FR, IT, ES) who provided their outlook on the global economic situation.

What will you learn from this survey?

  • The research investigated how CFOs perceive the impact of macro-economic trends.
  • Respondents commented on several long-standing topics including COVID-19 impact and homeworking.
  • Lastly, the survey asked about the perceived outlook on issues such as inflation, globalization, and labour shortages.

Examples of findings:

  • Half (56%) of CFOs agree that we are in a new era where pandemics are a regular feature of economic life.
  • 29% believe that homeworking increases productivity for their industry while 17% believe it has a negative impact.
  • Two thirds of CFOs say their industry is experiencing moderate or major labour shortages.


The GLG Surveys team drafted the questionnaire with the support of GLG Network Member, Anthony Yates, former Senior Advisor for the Monetary Policy Committee at Bank of England.

The standard deliverable includes: 

  • 1 x Individual responses (“raw data”) in Excel.
  • 1 x PPT report with aggregated data.
  • Executive summary with key takeaways and highlights from the raw data.


  • Looking ahead, which of the following best describes your expectation for industry revenue returning to a pre-pandemic level?
  • Thinking about the general impact on productivity within your industry post pandemic, where many staff could return to pre-pandemic habits, which of the following best describes the impact of homeworking?
  • Which, if any, of the following best describes your expectation for the energy crisis evolving in Europe by the end of 2023?
  • Which, if any, of the following best describes how you think this inflation episode will play at a country level for you?
  • Which of the following best describes what you believe will happen to central bank balance sheets?
  • Which, if any, of the following best describes the likely future for Quantitative easing (QE) and other so-called ‘unconventional’ policy instruments?
  • Thinking about globalization for your industry, which of the following best describes your outlook for the future of the industry?

This survey is available to subscribers of the Legal, Economic & Regulatory Affairs (LERA) sector (Limited subscriptions and above). This offer includes the raw data file and a high-level presentation through PowerPoint. Please contact your GLG representative for details on your firm’s access.

Request other available and upcoming Network Surveys within the sector:

  • UK Inflation
    • 50 senior executives working across a wide range of industries in the UK commented on the latest trends for inflation in their sector. Data released in January 2022.
  • COP26 + Net Zero
    • 75 senior executives at European businesses sectors discussed the perceived impact to their industries from Net Zero strategies and implications of the COP26 conference. Data released in December 2021.
  • GLG Tracker: Brexit Overview II
    • Second wave of this tracker where 80 CEOs of large companies across UK discussed about Brexit’s impact on industries. Data released in June 2021.



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