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Embracing Growth, Facing Risk Head-On

Global finance executives’ views on the economic outlook, spending plans, and the future of technology

2018 Global Business& Spending Outlook by American Express & Institutional Investor

Nearly 10 years after the Great Recession, the world’s economies are enjoying the benefits of economic recovery. Senior finance executives at large companies around the world expect sustained economic growth to continue through 2018, albeit at a slower rate than in 2017, according to this year’s Global Business & Spending Outlook from American Express and Institutional Investor. Respondents express less anxiety than last year regarding economic and political surprises, while maintaining a watchful eye on how to navigate financial and operating risks. Senior finance executives are especially eager to improve their ability to negotiate effectively with suppliers and customers, and to cultivate a more collaborative culture among finance, procurement, and treasury functions.

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