About 350 financial analysts from banks, insurance companies and large industrial enterprises participate in this survey. Among the respondents are experts from the finance, research and economic departments as well as traders, fund managers and investment consultants. These experts are questioned about their medium-term expectations for the development of the macroeconomic trend, the inflation rate, the short-term and long-term interest rates, the stock market and the exchange rates. The survey deals with the markets of Germany, the United States, Japan, Great Britain, France and Italy. Since 1999 data concerning the EU-11 countries are also being collected. In addition the financial experts are requested to estimate the profit situation of 13 German industries (banks, insurance, trade and commerce, construction, automotive, chemistry, steel, electricity, mechanical engineering, utilities, services, telecommunication and information technology).