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Business Roundtable chairman Jamie Dimon. Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

The Business Roundtable's first quarter survey of more than 130 of the nation's top CEOs showed that chief executives dialed back expectations that they would see increased revenue, hire more workers and invest in capital expenditures over the next six months.

Why it matters: This marks the fourth consecutive quarter that the BRT's Economic Outlook Index has dropped. Sentiment surveys like these are watched closely because of their forward-looking nature, which could hint at what's ahead for the economy. If companies do rein in plans for hiring and spending — key drivers of growth — it could have big implications for an economy that's already feared to be slowing.

Details:

  • The index fell 9.2 points to 95.2 in the first quarter, but remains above the index's historical average of 82.4.
  • Plans for hiring fell 11 points, while expectations for sales and plans for capital investment dropped 9.6 and 6.9 points, respectively.
  • CEOs said GDP would come in at 2.5% this year, down from their previous estimate of 2.7% last quarter.

The bottom line: The results reflect uncertainty about slowing economies around the world.

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America on borrowed time

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Economic recovery will not be linear as the world continues to grapple with the uncertainty of the pandemic.

Why it matters: Despite being propped up by an extraordinary amount of fiscal stimulus and support from central banks, the state of the global economy remains fragile.

Scoop: Gina Haspel threatened to resign over plan to install Kash Patel as CIA deputy

CIA Director Gina Haspel. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

CIA Director Gina Haspel threatened to resign in early December after President Trump cooked up a hasty plan to install loyalist Kash Patel, a former aide to Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), as her deputy, according to three senior administration officials with direct knowledge of the matter.

Why it matters: The revelation stunned national security officials and almost blew up the leadership of the world's most powerful spy agency. Only a series of coincidences — and last minute interventions from Vice President Mike Pence and White House counsel Pat Cipollone — stopped it.

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  1. Health: Coronavirus deaths reach 4,000 per day as hospitals remain in crisis mode — CDC warns highly transmissible coronavirus variant could become dominant in U.S. in March.
  2. Politics: Biden says, "We will manage the hell out of" vaccine distribution — Biden taps ex-FDA chief to lead Operation Warp Speed amid rollout of COVID plan — Widow of GOP congressman-elect who died of COVID-19 will run to fill his seat.
  3. Vaccine: Battling Black mistrust of the vaccines"Pharmacy deserts" could become vaccine deserts — Instacart to give $25 to shoppers who get vaccine.
  4. Economy: Unemployment filings explode againFed chair: No interest rate hike coming any time soon —  Inflation rose more than expected in December.
  5. World: WHO team arrives in China to investigate pandemic origins.