The Global Capital Confidence Barometer is a regular barometer of senior executives from large companies around the world, conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU). Our panel is comprised of select EY clients and contacts, and regular EIU contributors.
Corporate confidence in the global outlook is steadily improving, Australian and New Zealand companies boast strong balance sheets and are positioned for growth. Despite this increasing optimism, companies are not yet accelerating acquisition plans and are more focused on organic growth.
Our China Capital Confidence Barometer finds that despite a willingness to make opportunistic acquisitions when excess cash is available, Chinese respondents are most likely to favor stability over an increase in deal activity.
While conservatism has reduced M&A appetite by 5% compared with our last Southeast Asian barometer, 48% of Southeast Asian respondents continue to engage in M&A activities - which is significantly higher than the sentiments expressed by global respondents.
Our Latin America review of Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Mexico addresses the current state of play in each country, and the benefits and challenges of implementing capital requirements, corporate governance and risk management.
Our Financial Services forecast, a companion to our main Eurozone Forecast, examines the implications for the European financial services sector in relation to the current macro economic outlook and is based on the European Central Bank's model of the Eurozone economy. It is produced in co-operation with Oxford Economics, a leading independent forecasting and research institute. More
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