Despite mixed economic signals, leaders remain steady, nimble and primed for opportunities. In the Chase’s annual survey, attitudes about the national economy were nearly evenly split between optimist, pessimism and neutrality. Uncertainty has been a hallmark of the markets in the post-pandemic era. Hiring and inflations challenges remain top of mind. Middle market leaders are increasingly exploring ways to adopt artificial intelligence and machine learning. Nearly half of companies are using or considering AI tools for 2024. Only 6 percent identified AI/machine learning as one of their business’ primary challenges.