Sims Insights

How Standard and Poor’s Views CCRCs Today
October 21, 2014

The S&P rated universe has contracted over the past several years from 80 in 2007 to 47 in 2013 in part due to obligors refunding debt with non-rated bank direct placement debt.


Mandatory Reading for Puerto Rico
October 16, 2014

Puerto Rico’s financial situation need not be a lost cause. They would do well by studying NYC’s strategy in the 1970’s. Also commentary on recent PR Management changes.


Mid-Year Tobacco Bond Update
October 09, 2014

Analyzing the credit risk of tobacco bonds in 1999 was complex. With billions of dollars of disputed payments, settlements and the continued threat of withholding payments by tobacco manufacturers, predicting tobacco bond debt payments is nearly impossible.


Senior Living Communities Increase in Value
October 07, 2014

Irving Levin Associates, Inc. has published the latest acquisition market indicators for the 12 months ending June 30, 2014.


Public Pension Funds – A Guide to Determining Their Health
October 01, 2014

The crisis of 2009-2010 should be abating because of strong securities markets. Public pension problems lie squarely on the shoulders of elected officials at all levels.

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