Sentiment Studies

In July, 2020 AchieveNEXT surveyed a cross-section of US-based emerging and mid-market CFOs and CHROs about their enterprises’ current and projected financial outlook, with particular focus on business strategy, people, technology and risk.  In August, 2020, they released the Mid-Year Update to CFO-CHRO Sentiment Report.  While this Report confirmed significant financial impact from COVID-19 in the first half of 2020, it also revealed a consistent and cautious optimism for business re-entry and revenue rebound despite ongoing health, safety and financial concerns. 

Our 2020 CFO/CHRO Sentiment Study, released January 15, 2020, captured insights and perspectives from over 600 Finance and HR leaders from across North America, with analysis that confirmed that there is a powerful link between an enterprise’s financial performance and the extent to which its Finance and HR leaders collaborate. Enterprises where the relationship has become much more collaborative are committing to higher revenue and EBITDA growth for the year ahead.


This Study captures the sentiments and intentions of The CFO Alliance, the leading peer advisory network they power for more than 8,000 Finance leaders representing middle market and emerging enterprises from diverse industries and markets, and adds the opinions and insights from the newest AchieveNEXT Network, The CHRO Alliance, a peer advisory network for senior HR leaders. This Study offers comparisons and contrasts between how modern Finance and HR leaders plan to best position their enterprises to address challenges and to capitalize on opportunities as a new decade begins.

The 2 Minute Read is available to Non-Members.

The CFO Alliance's annual Mid-Year Update to the CFO Sentiment Study is aimed to provide insights into the modern finance executive's sentiments on various topics for the balance of 2019. Over two-hundred-ten (210) senior financial executives across North America participated in the 2019 Mid-Year Study, offering in-depth perspectives on how they plan to drive growth and performance for their enterprises in the face of decreasing confidence in the global economy, increasing talent shortages, and disruptions to industry and business model norms in 2019.

This annual Study surveys a broad sample of senior financial executives across North America, providing insights into the strategic planning and financial outlook of finance executives.

Topics covered include strategy on growth, human capital, economic and political outlook, financing, risk, trade, government regulation, technology and budgeting.   Results are presented in aggregate as well as analyzed by industry, company size/revenue, business life cycle and

Executive Summary is available to Non-Members.