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COVID-19

Our Response

 

As we continue to experience turbulence in markets and daily life, the RPIA team is working around the clock to support our clients. As COVID-19 has become a global pandemic, we have given careful consideration to the impact of the virus on our business continuity, should conditions continue or escalate.

As of March 16th, we have implemented our Business Continuity Plan (“BCP”), which includes a company-wide ban of public transportation and non-essential travel, and all non-core staff working remotely. Our BCP allows us to reduce the impact of COVID-19 and contribute to flattening the curve in our community. We are committed to keeping our employees and their families safe and healthy, while continuing to manage portfolios and maintain service to our clients without interruption. Mike Quinn, CIO, and Richard Pilosof, CEO, have been, and will continue to, always work separately to ensure continuity of business leadership. With our focus on maintaining a strong workforce and investing in the appropriate technology, we are prepared for any foreseeable challenges presented by COVID-19.

Market Conditions & Opportunities Ahead

COVID-19 has and will continue to reshape the global economic landscape. During the last quarter, there was a significant repricing of financial assets, and significant market volatility. In response to this, central banks have acted decisively and introduced many programs to extent liquidity to individuals and businesses.

Notwithstanding the continued uncertainty around COVID-19, we believe this is an opportunity to invest in corporate bonds issued by high quality businesses at very attractive valuations. We are focused on identifying the best risk-reward investments given the current environment.

Our Portfolio Management team is working diligently to fulfill our commitment to you and your investments. As of mid-April, we are very pleased that with some stability in the market, we have seen a bounce back in performance, and we plan to stay nimble and flexible to capture these opportunities as best we can.

We are available as always and committed to providing you with regular updates on our status as we work together through this unprecedented time. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to our Client Portfolio Management or Client Engagement teams at any time.

Market Insights

Update: Our Response to COVID-19

March, 2020

To our valued clients and partners:

As COVID-19 becomes widespread, we have given careful consideration to the impact of the virus on our business continuity and have prepared for the possibility of a more serious outbreak in the GTA. We are committed to keeping our employees and their families safe and healthy, while continuing to manage portfolios and maintaining service to our clients without interruption. We have long had emergency protocols in place, and are set up remotely, so that trading and regular business can continue undisturbed.

As of March 16th, we have issued a company-wide ban of public transportation and non-essential travel. All non-core staff are now working remotely from home. Our core risk management, credit research and trading teams, are working both remotely from home and from the office to ensure continuity in managing the portfolios. We have the appropriate technology in place, such as, secure networks, remote workstations, webcams and collaboration tools to facilitate the arrangement with minimal disruption to the business. Mike Quinn, our CIO, and Richard Pilosof, our CEO, have been and will continue to work separately to ensure continuity of business leadership at all times. With our focus on maintaining a strong workforce and investing in technology, we are prepared for the challenges presented by COVID-19.

There has been no change to the contact information for our staff, including telephone numbers. We are available as always. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to our Client Portfolio Management team at any time. 

 

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Please submit all your inquiries regarding our COVID-19 Response, below. You can also email your questions to COVID19.info@rpia.ca.