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Credit Managers’ Index (CMI) Archive

Jul 3, 2024
NACM’s Credit Managers’ Index (CMI) fell 0.5 to 53.9 in June. This change in the CMI indicates a continued slowdown in economic activity. “There is no discernible trend in the CMI except that it remains in a low orbit,” said NACM Economist Amy Crews Cutts, Ph.D., CBE.

May 30, 2024
NACM’s Credit Managers’ Index (CMI) improved 2.6 points to 54.4 in May, regaining ground from last month. Why it matters: The CMI has showed no clear trend of improvement or decline in the last two years since the world emerged from the pandemic, but business outlook remains pessimistic.

May 2, 2024
NACM’s April Credit Managers’ Index (CMI) fell back to where it started in 2024 with a 3.1-point drop. Why it matters: Now sitting at 51.8, the Survey erased the major gains made in February and March. “After two months of improvement, the CMI has fallen back to near where it started the year, in expansion but weakly so,” said NACM Economist Amy Crews Cutts, Ph.D., CBE.

Apr 4, 2024
NACM’s March Credit Managers’ Index (CMI) improved to its highest reading since 2023 with a jump of 2.5 points. Why it matters: Now sitting at 54.9, the Survey indicates some relief for the business economy. “The CMI seems to be picking up some steam, with a second month of improvement and a breakout of the tight band in which it had been for eight months,” said NACM Economist Amy Crews Cutts, Ph.D., CBE.

Feb 29, 2024
NACM’s February Credit Managers’ Index (CMI) remains stubbornly close to contraction territory despite improving 1.3 points to 52.4. “We did not fall into formal recession in 2023 and we might not in 2024, but for many credit managers, it’s as if a recession is well underway,” said NACM Economist Amy Crews Cutts, Ph.D., CBE.

Feb 8, 2024
In B2B credit management, where numbers often speak louder than words, it’s easy to overlook the human element behind the figures. However, credit managers are not calculators; they are visionaries, strategists and above all, individuals with voices longing to be heard. Whether they’re negotiating credit terms with customers or collaborating with internal teams, credit managers want to matter. They want a seat at the table, not just as silent observers, but as valued contributors whose opinions shape decisions and outcomes.

Feb 1, 2024
Declining 1.4 points to 51.1, NACM’s January Credit Managers’ Index continues to point to weakness in the business economy. The fluctuation in the CMI suggests that the business economy is experiencing instability rather than a clear downward trend. “The CMI continues to show considerable weakness but without a deliberate trend other than bouncing around just above the contraction threshold,” said NACM Economist Amy Crews Cutts, Ph.D., CBE.

Jan 4, 2024
The NACM Credit Managers’ Index (CMI) ended 2023 just 0.7 above where it started the year. In December, the Index gained 0.3 to a reading of 52.6. The CMI continues to show considerable weakness but remains above the contraction threshold. “It points to considerable decline in credit conditions that are leading indicators of economic activity,” said NACM Economist Amy Crews Cutts, Ph.D., CBE. “The Fed’s aggressive stance to fight inflation has hit businesses through increased borrowing costs. The CMI is showing these stresses with higher delinquencies on accounts receivables and increa…