There has been a significant decline in the number of corporate treasurers all over the world who think that the financial crisis is over, and a sharp increase in levels of uncertainty about what lies ahead. Globally, they are no longer bullish, on balance, with optimists almost exactly offset by pessimists, taking the next 12 months as a whole. And treasurers’ biggest concern now is the difficulty in forecasting their cash flows – even overtaking the state of the economy itself as their number one challenge.
These are the key findings from the latest EuroFinance Quarterly Global Business Confidence Survey, exclusively supported by J.P. Morgan Treasury Services. This new mood of caution stands in stark contrast to the continuing improvement in the financial background which has seen better credit conditions for companies and a reduction in the number of businesses complaining about the impact of funding constraints.