Does Grant Thornton’s Business Optimism Index Mean Anything?
Grant Thornton, a global six accounting organization, puts out a quarterly optimism index that is “a quarterly confidence measure of U.S. business leaders”.
That sounds very nice and the index is now up to 2007 levels, according to a firm press release. The press release also states that “58 percent of respondents believe that the economy will come out of recession by the first half of 2010, but only 26 percent plan to increase hiring.”
Call us cynics but this definitely has the whole underpants theory written all over it. Poll some executives with some vaguely worded questions and we are to believe that recovery will occur by virtue of a secret plan that has yet to be developed? Leave the wild speculation to us GT.