AICPA Survey: Economic Optimism Among CPAs Climbs Upward reported that the number of CPAs and financial executives who are optimistic about the US economy has surpassed the 50 percent mark for the first time since the recession. This improved economic optimism has bolstered the outlook for company prospects and their plans for expansion, spending, and hiring, the AICPA noted in its second quarter Business and Industry US Economic Outlook Survey. As a result of this new-found optimism, companies are beginning to focus more on growth, hiring, and investment, said Arleen Thomas, CPA, CGMA, AICPA’s senior vice president of management accounting and global markets. “We have to wait and see if we’ve truly turned a corner, but executives are clearly feeling more comfortable about the domestic business climate going forward,” she said.


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