To understand finance professionals' feelings about financialrisk management, as well as their thoughts on the economy overall,TD Bank polled CFOs, controllers, treasurers, and directors offinance from across the United States. Respondents come from bothmidmarket companies, defined by TD Bank as being under $250 millionin annual revenue, and “corporates,” defined as organizations withrevenues above $250 million.

The survey revealed that these executives' confidence in theU.S. economy is increasing—and their confidence in their ownorganization is growing even faster. The largest proportion (41percent) said they are more confident about the U.S. economicoutlook over the next 12 months than they were over the previous 12months. Thirty-one percent said they're less confident today, and29 percent said their confidence level hasn't changed in the pastyear.

But when asked how they feel about the prospects for theirorganization over the next 12 months, vs. the previous year, a full60 percent said they're more confident, and nearly half of those(26 percent of all respondents) said they're much more confidenttoday. In contrast, only 11 percent of respondents are lessconfident about the next year than the past year, and only 3percent are much less confident. Fred Graziano, head of regionalcommercial banking and executive vice president with TD Bank, saysthese numbers are up from the bank's 2012 survey: “The differencefrom a year ago is that companies are feeling a little bit betterabout themselves and how they manage their business.”

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