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New Survey by Cambridge Global Payments Finds 81% of Financial Decision makers at Small and Medium Sized Enterprises Maintain a Positive Business Outlook for 2020

December 20, 2019

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TORONTO – December 20, 2019 – In a survey of financial decision makers at small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in North America, Cambridge Global Payments found that executives are planning for a stronger U.S. dollar and increased volatility in 2020.The first-of-its-kind SME-focused survey of foreign exchange conditions in North America was commissioned by Cambridge Global Payments, a FLEETCOR company (NYSE: FLT) and a leading provider of international payments and foreign exchange transactions, and was conducted by a third party Leger.

“The majority of senior executives at SMEs have a positive outlook about the business environment, and over half predicted that we will see a rise in FX volatility,” said Karl Schamotta, Chief Market Strategist for Cambridge Global Payments. “With global uncertainties rising, currency market dislocations are increasingly likely – which could be a dangerous thing for companies who have not planned ahead.”

Key findings from the survey include:

“Despite rapidly shifting market conditions and political tensions throughout 2019, the majority of SME financial decision makers surveyed feel positive about their business for 2020,” said Don Curren, Strategist for Cambridge Global Payments. “Small and medium enterprises form the backbone of the North American economy, so a positive outlook among them is a good sign.”

Survey methodology

An online survey of 521 senior financial decision makers who work for North American companies with an annual revenue between $5M and $250M was completed between November 7 to 21, 2019, using Leger’s online panel.

The margin of error for this study was +/-4.3%, 19 times out of 20.

Read the survey results here.

About Cambridge Global Payments

Cambridge Global Payments, a FLEETCOR company, is a leading provider of integrated cross-border payment services and currency risk management solutions. As a trusted partner for more than 25 years, Cambridge delivers innovative solutions designed to mitigate foreign exchange exposure and address unique business needs. Our award-winning capabilities and industry-leading technologies simplify the way businesses connect with the global marketplace. As one of the largest bank-independent providers globally, we are flexible and responsive, with offices and applicable licensing and regulatory approvals across North America, Europe, and Australia. Learn more at and follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn.

For further information:

Keera Hart
Kaiser Lachance Communications
647-725-2520 ex. 221  

Cambridge Contact:

 Brad Loder

VP, Marketing and Corporate Sponsorships

(416) 646-6401 ext. 2392

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