April 13, 2021
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Leaders are seeing the importance of updating rewards programs, focusing on comprehensive employee wellness and strategically spending money on talent after the pandemic fades, according to Willis Towers Watson research. "Leaders are quick to point out that, while flexible work is likely to be the new norm, it will vary extensively by the organization's culture, the type of work and employee preferences," write John Bremen and Amol Mhatre.
Full Story: Willis Towers Watson Wire (3/2) 
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Companies in industries that have remained strong during the coronavirus pandemic could be in a good position for making acquisitions, even in such a challenging business environment, says Brooks Gallagher of the Global Corporate Investment Banking Group at Bank of America. Liquidity is vital in pursuing an acquisition, and a thorough cost-benefit analysis of a potential acquisition should guide the decision-making process, Gallagher says.
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Finance and Working Capital
Investors are monitoring so-called "fallen angels," companies that have suffered a credit downgrade during the coronavirus pandemic. "We are in a rare part of the cycle where credit quality will be improving over the next year or two," said Michael Collins of PGIM Fixed Income.
Full Story: MarketWatch (tiered subscription model) (4/7) 
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Business Management
Companies are hiring furiously as they begin to plan for the end of the pandemic, but the labor supply is down as the population ages and many people choose to primarily do gig work, Josh Bersin notes. "The days of looking for people with 'deep levels of experience' are over -- now we have to look for people with skills, ambition, and the ability to learn," he writes.
Full Story: Josh Bersin blog (4/13) 
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Economic and Geopolitical Update
The economy is at an inflection point, experiencing a broad, accelerating recovery but still facing risk, Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell said on "60 Minutes." "The principal risk to our economy right now really is that the disease would spread again more quickly," he said. Looking at the full risk picture, Powell said cyberattacks pose the primary systemic risk in finance. He also said the Fed would "like to see [inflation] on track to move moderately above 2% for some time. ... When we get that, that's when we'll raise interest rates."
Full Story: CBS News (4/12),  Axios (4/12),  The New York Times (4/11),  The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (4/11) 
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