March 18, 2020:
Dear Valued Client,
As you are likely closely monitoring the developments and impact of COVID-19, we are doing the same at HJ Sims. Our primary focus is the safety and well-being of our employees, our clients and their families.
We would like to update you on important preparations currently in place, and our ability to respond to your needs during this unprecedented time.
- We have enacted a comprehensive COVID-19 business response plan and remain confident that as a nimble and resilient organization, we will maintain business continuity. We are prepared in the event the situation continues to escalate.
- During this extraordinary time, we recognize that you rely on access to our financial professionals and representatives. As such, we have prepared plans for employees to work from different locations, as well as remotely from home. Alternate site work arrangements are intended to balance and diversify our resources to minimize risk for an extended period, if required, while using today’s technology to be ever-present for our clients.
- Our employees are being kept fully aware of the situation by our Executive Committee. We have established access to online company resources to help them manage during this unparalleled time.
Please be sure to keep us updated with your contact information so we may stay in touch with you.
We are confident that we are taking proper steps to ensure the continued operation of our business, and continue to follow guidance from official local, state and Federal Government and public health agencies, including the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). We will monitor and evaluate the situation and determine whether additional steps are needed to support our clients and communities.
We have strong financial talent who have the experience to weather all market cycles. We appreciate your trust and confidence in us. Please let us know if we can help in any way.
We wish you, your communities and your family all the very best.
Last updated: January 13, 2021
As we continue to experience daily fluctuations in our capital markets, HJ Sims is committed to keeping our employees, our clients and our business partners informed. We are diligently tracking the key indices and data that drive our sectors’ interest rates and access to capital. We have developed a set of straightforward charts that capture these trends and are updating them regularly, at times, daily.
We will update this page adding information as frequently as needed.
A Survey of Independent Living Desirability & Safety
HJ Sims participated in the Senior Living COVID-19 Sentiment Report, which surveyed over 4,000 current and prospective senior living community residents to assess their thoughts and feelings at the beginning of and during the COVID-19 pandemic. The old saying of “You don’t know what you’re missing until you try it” is something that rang true in the results.
The full report is available for download. The Survey, published by Plante Moran Living Forward and Retirement DYNAMICS®, was distributed to 23,000+ residents and staff at senior independent living communities nation-wide, along with prospective residents.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, through the Health Resources and Services Administration, announced on September 1, 2020, assisted living facilities (ALFs) may now apply for funding under the Provider Relief Fund Phase 2 General Distribution allocation. The funding is made possible through the bipartisan CARES Act and the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act.
To combat risks during the current pandemic and better protect their residents, many ALFs have implemented CDC recommendations resulting in increased health care related costs to their facilities. ALFs may apply for funding to help minimize the financial impact of these increased expenses caused by COVID-19.
Helpful information for providers can be found at the Provider Relief Fund website, which includes previously recorded Phase 2 application webinars, frequently asked questions and other information on how to apply. Providers applying for the current Phase 2 General Distribution funding will have until September 13, 2020 to begin their application by entering their Tax Identification Number for validation.
In a recent podcast with The Bond Buyer, William Sims, Managing Principal, and Jim Bodine, Executive Vice President, of HJ Sims, offered some perspective and proportion around the impact of COVID-19 on the senior living industry and associated investments. Chip Barnett hosts. April 2020. Listen to the Podcast.
As the world collectively endures a pandemic unseen since perhaps 1918, it is natural to be concerned about our most vulnerable population: senior citizens. And, while seniors are at risk, along with the communities they call home, more light should be shone on the stringent safeguards that have been put into place to protect them. ASHA and LeadingAge, two organizations that work to support owners and operators of senior living communities, are actively soliciting positive feedback from residents and staff in order to share the side of the story that has mostly been in the media shade.
CALL TO ACTION: We are actively collecting positive stories to share. We encourage you to share your stories, along with the name of your community, contact information and anecdote.
An Overview of the Paycheck Protection Program and Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program
Following the announcement of unprecedented assistance packages, designed to help individuals and businesses weather the COVID-19 storm, many are now asking the same questions: Are we entitled to recovery? And, if so, how do we apply for assistance? Our summary provides an overview of the loan programs available, as well as guidance with respect to steps that businesses should take in the immediate future with a view towards receiving relief under such programs.
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act was designed to deliver financial relief and respond to some of these concerns. Beyond stimulus checks, it also includes some new rules on tax-protected retirement accounts. Following are highlights of these changes; you can also contact your financial professional to discuss how these rules may impact your personal financial situation.
We are pleased to share a report from Fitch Ratings. The report is a compilation of discussions items and questions from participants of a recent webinar. The webinar addressed the potential impact of COVID-19 on two key aspects of the US healthcare system: acute hospitals and health systems, and Life Plan Communities.
The financial markets have been tumultuous and volatile over the past few weeks. At HJ Sims, we have been utilizing our scenario and stress testing tools to evaluate portfolios and help position our investors. In this paper, we will summarize the market environment and test four hypothetical portfolios against three scenarios: the COVID-19 Pandemic, a Global Recession and a Negative Interest Rate Environment.