On Capitol Hill, yeoman’s work is needed to achieve consensus on the thorniest of issues, the legislative product of the most contentious of negotiations. This week, the whips on both sides of the aisle and in both chambers of Congress are hard at work trying to rapidly round up votes for a bill that will suspend the debt limit, set some new federal spending guidelines, and address other issues that have, for various reasons, suddenly fallen under the umbrella of extreme urgency. It is not unlike the annual effort to enact a budget framework and then an omnibus spending bill. The whole process is described as being like trying to put socks on an octopus.Continue reading
Fingers are being pointed in every direction down in the nation’s capital and there is evidently not much humor to lighten the mood. Hard-working Americans once again, through no fault of their own, face serious financial problems as a result of the pandemic, inflation and various fiscal and monetary policies. . Total consumer debt has risen past $17 trillion for the first time according to the New York Fed, and the share of current debt becoming delinquent has increased for the fifth straight quarter for most types of credit.Continue reading
HJ Sims completes $37 million Bank Financing, for campus renewal and replacement projects, at attractive long-term fixed interest rates and terms for New Jersey non-profit LPC – successfully navigating volatile financing conditions.Continue reading
HJ Sims is pleased to announce our second annual Private Wealth Management Summit. The internal Summit will be hosted on June 19th through June 21st at The Boca Raton resort in Boca Raton, FL. The theme of this year’s Summit is alternative investments, a hot topic in private wealth management.
The Summit is an opportunity for HJ Sims financial professionals to gather for education, collaboration, inspiration and a little fun under the sun. As we continue to grow, it is important for advisors to stay on top of the pulse in the industry so they can share their knowledge and provide clients with their best service.
The Summit will feature education sessions on products, solutions and technology advancements from leaders in the alternative investment space — including Apollo Global Management, First Trust, PCS, Nexpoint, Skyway Capital Markets and Saybrus Insurance Strategies, WhiteHawk.
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The information contained herein is subject to change without notice. Under no circumstances shall this constitute an offer to sell or solicitation of an offer to buy. Investments involve risk including the possible loss of principal. HJ Sims is a member of FINRA and SIPC, and is not affiliated with The Boca Raton, NexPoint, First Trust, Apollo, WhiteHawk, Saybrus, Skyway Capital Markets, or PCS.
All great leaders are defined by how they lead during times of uncertainty and danger. Right now, in the midst of great uncertainty over when or whether our leadership will come to agreement on a new debt limit and spending priorities, we are mostly going
easy on our elected officials. There are few cries for impeachment, no major civil unrest and no major recall elections underway despite high inflation, high interest rates, sky-high federal and household debt, rampant crime, and our grim outlook for the economy.
We are near the peak of another debt ceiling drama, one that will keep the world on edge for several more weeks. In the back rooms and basements of federal buildings throughout Washington, away from the principals and cameras, the proverbial frenzy of negotiations is underway. History repeats itself again with a new cast.Continue reading
Director of Credit Analysis, Gayl Mileszko provides a summary of the recent S&P California Charter School Brief.Continue reading
May has arrived with its extra hours of sunlight and the excitement of imminent graduations, reunions, weddings and summer vacations. The dark days of winter and muds of early spring are in the rearview mirror, with all around us looking green and bright. Well, not everything. We just got the taxes behind us, the school year is about to end, and it is prime time for enjoying baseball, basketball, hockey and the NFL draft. But, seemingly out of the blue, we have become seized by worry about our bank accounts now that we have seen three of the four largest bank failures in our history occur in the last two months. Our hopes for buying a new home have been dashed by mortgage rates that are right around the highs of 2003; the 30-year fixed rate is 6.98%. Our wish to sell our home is vexed by the limited pool of eligible buyers who have seen 134 straight months of home price increases.Continue reading
HJ Sims is pleased to announce that Jenny Wade joins the firm as Senior Vice President. With over 21 years of municipal and nonprofit finance experience, Wade is well known for her technical skills including the development of complex financial models.Continue reading
History doesn’t always repeat itself but, as Mark Twain reportedly once said, it often rhymes. Looking across the investment landscape, we find ourselves facing events and conditions that have been experienced before but are hardly worthy subjects for song or poetry: a debt limit standoff reminiscent of 2011 and 2013, interest rates not experienced in 16 years, inflation rates not seen in 40 years, levels of U.S. debt as a percentage of GDP that now exceed the 1945 peak, a 100-year pandemic, the 25th instance in 123 years of divided party control in Washington, a 1,000-year rainfall, and now a possible repeat of the 2020 presidential contest.Continue reading
Things are different than they were at the start of the new year. Several banks have failed, with SVB and Signature now listed among the top four U.S. largest bank failures of all time when measured by total assets. The Federal Reserve launched yet another new rescue program and Pew Research reported that 56% of Americans say banks and other financial institutions have a negative effect on the way things are going in the country these days.Continue reading
It was with a pen, not a buzzer, a 21-gun salute, a balloon drop, fireworks, or confetti parade, that the President signed congressional resolution H. J. Res. 7, ending the COVID national emergency on Monday. He signed the bill behind closed doors without ceremony, bringing no new attention to the execrable pandemic that disrupted and devastated virtually every life on the planet over the course of the last three years.Continue reading
It was fifty years ago on April 3, 1973, when Dr. Marty Cooper made the first public cell phone call from his clunky, personal, handheld, portable prototype as he stood on a busy New York City sidewalk. The 44-year-old Motorola engineer thought it would be amusing to make that first call to his company’s chief competitor at Bell Labs, Dr. Joel Engel. He punched in his rival’s number on a DynaT-A-C device that was roughly the size of a brick.Continue reading
This past Sunday, Clark-Lindsey Village hosted a beam signing event to celebrate the addition of their Assisted Living Apartment building (due to be completed in late 2023). The beam signed by residents, staff and partners represents the last piece of structure that will link the new building with the existing.
HJ Sims is proud to be part of this exciting milestone and forever a part of the new building.
Congratulations to the staff and residents of Clark-Lindsey Village!
Who is an active adult? The industry definition is someone 55 years of age and older. But HUD’s version is someone 62 years of age and older. Sims Mortgage Funding looks at the 10 things to consider about using HUD financing for the development or refinancing of active adult communities.Continue reading
The Cynefin framework was created as a tool to be used in “sense-making”, a term broadly incorporating common sense into decision-making, something that we and all of our policymakers in Washington should certainly do more often. Fifteen years ago, David Snowden and a team at IBM came up with this new framework for looking at problems and assessing situations accurately so as to arrive at solutions and respond appropriately. They began by identifying four types of problems: simple, complicated, complex and chaotic, and moved on from there.Continue reading
Edgerton “Ketchie” Welch, a lifelong resident of Chillicothe, Missouri began his career at his family’s Edge-Mar Dairy but later came to run the local Citizens Bank & Trust Co., serving for a total of 55 years. At various points in his role as CEO, he reported an investment performance that beat the nation’s biggest banks and insurance companies. When interviewed by Forbes on his exceptional success, he admitted that he was not smart enough to play the stock market and never even heard of modern portfolio theory.Continue reading
HJ Sims Completes 3-Step finance plan for North Carolina life plan community, Searstone, including nearly seventeen-month forward refunding.Continue reading
Recency bias is a term used in behavioral economics that describes the tendency of people to believe that recent events will occur again soon, that the current state of being will continue indefinitely, that headlines which feel ominous and immediate necessitate urgent action. Lacking the wider-angle lenses of history and mathematical probability, this type of bias affects trading and other short-term decisions that people make — panic selling, bubble buying – fueled by fear or greed in volatile moments.Continue reading
HJ Sims successfully closes on $13.9 million Series 2023 Bonds for Sacramento, CA start-up public charter high school, Capital College & Career Academy.Continue reading