October 27, 2021
SmartBrief for CFOs
Business Finance Today
Democratic lawmakers say they remain confident an agreement will be reached on a social spending package amid last-minute meetings to resolve issues on health care and taxation. "We're moving toward finding sweet spots in every one of these disputed issues," says Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.
Full Story: Politico (10/26) 
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Your Bottom Line
A spate of issuance has sent the face value of the high-yield bond market above $1.5 trillion for the first time, according to ICE Data Services. A record 149 companies have entered the market this year, including an almost unprecedented total of 26 in September and 13 in October.
Full Story: Financial Times (subscription required) (10/26) 
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How COP26 will shape ESG and impact investing
Simon Puleston Jones, co-founder and CEO of Climate Solutions, explains how COP26 might influence the flow of capital aimed at tackling the climate crisis. Simon also explains the educational journey taking place around ESG and impact investing.
In the C-Suite
6 tips to transition to a flexible workplace
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Find out what employees need before designing flexible work arrangements, and be prepared to adjust pre-pandemic work policies, writes Liz Kislik, who offers six strategies for making the transition. "Today, leaders who are unwilling to accept employees' commitments to the rest of their lives will have a significantly harder time holding on to staff," Kislik writes.
Full Story: Harvard Business Review (tiered subscription model) (10/25) 
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Opportunities in the S of ESG investing
As the "social" aspect of ESG investing has gained prominence, impact investing has emerged with an aim to advance social and environmental causes. An alternate approach to social impact investing shifts its focus, with investment strategies that are profit-driven but place social impact goals at their center.
ICE looks at the opportunities.
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Off the Charts
Amoon, a dog dressed as an essential worker, won best in show at the 31st annual Tompkins Square Halloween Parade in New York City. Other honorees included dogs dressed as a dim sum cart, "Bark Obama" and a Great Dane dressed as Maleficent.
Full Story: Gothamist (New York) (10/25) 
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Emily Norris
Emily Norris
I am the editor of several SmartBrief newsletters focused on capital markets and the financial advisory industry.

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