non·​fi·​nan·​cial | \ ˌnän-fə-ˈnan(t)-shəl How to pronounce nonfinancial (audio) , -fī- \

Definition of nonfinancial

: not of or relating to finance or financiers : not financial rarely argued about nonfinancial matters For the first time in eight years, the balance sheets of nonfinancial corporations will end the year with more equity relative to debt than they had when the year started.— Fred R. Bleakley

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Recent Examples on the Web From March 1 through Thursday, nonfinancial companies issued $81 billion of investment-grade bonds, up from $38 billion in the previous two-week period, according to Dealogic. Sam Goldfarb, WSJ, "U.S. Treasury Yields Climb Sharply," 12 Mar. 2021 Many retirement plans are successful from a financial standpoint but unsuccessful when the nonfinancial aspects are considered. Bob Carlson, Forbes, "How To Ensure A Successful Retirement," 19 Mar. 2021 Other initiatives dealing with the role of auditors in assessing companies’ disclosures about climate risk and other nonfinancial information could come up for discussion, former regulators say. Mark Maurer, WSJ, "U.S. Audit Watchdog Could Ramp Up Oversight Under New SEC Leadership," 3 Dec. 2020 In recent decades, finance has generally grown faster than the real economy—and within nonfinancial sectors, financial activities and their accompanying attitudes have come to dominate business. Mariana Mazzucato, The New Republic, "Saving the Climate in a Triple Crisis," 15 Mar. 2021 Haitong is also suspected of manipulating the market for nonfinancial corporate debt in China, the association said, adding that the brokerage could be subject to strict industry sanctions and other actions from relevant authorities. Xie Yu And Chong Koh Ping, WSJ, "Large Chinese Broker Faces Probe After State-Owned Coal Miner’s Default," 19 Nov. 2020 But there are also nonfinancial conflicts that could sway the results. Jeffrey Mervis, Science | AAAS, "Report finds holes in U.S. policies on foreign influence in research," 28 Dec. 2020 But an effort by Japanese online retailer Rakuten to set up its own bank is seen as a major test case for a nonfinancial firm to break down the traditional barrier between banking and commerce. Jesse Hamilton,, "Could Amazon start a bank? The FDIC has opened the door.," 16 Dec. 2020 That puts them at odds with some investors who want a clear summary of the nonfinancial risks a company faces and the ability to benchmark a company’s ESG performance across an entire sector. Kristin Broughton And Mark Maurer, WSJ, "Companies Could Face Pressure to Disclose More ESG Data," 6 Dec. 2020

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1930, in the meaning defined above

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12 Apr 2021

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“Nonfinancial.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

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