When was the last time you checked your portfolio’s performance or the history of the company you invest with? Many investors have a hard time even finding out who their fund manager is, let alone their history and past successes and failures. For investors with Highland Capital Management and James Dondero, this is not a problem that you will have. Read more at Huffington Post about James Dondero.
James Dondero has been a leading fund manager for the past two decades in the Dallas area. As President and CEO of Highland Capital Management, Dondero has been able to create funds that offer low-cost, high return investments for clients for years. The key for this firm is to take a client focus and a focus on lowering costs, as well as being the first to start new types of investments that are considered well ahead of their time in the finance space. One example is the advent of emerging markets funds. In the early 1990s, most investment firms were content with creating funds that propelled the status quo and had traditional returns. James Dondero, however, saw that his investors wanted something a little different, and he created several emerging markets funds for newer, untested types of companies. These funds outperformed the markets and Dondero and his investors earned massive returns.
Along with this strategy for innovation came the knack that Dondero had working with clients. In 1983, shortly after Dondero graduated from the University of Virginia, he was accepted into the JP Morgan Guaranty Training Program. This prestigious program was taught by some of the most well-known and successful businessmen and investors of the time, and Dondero picked up a lot of useful tips on how to impress clients and make them happy, while also making funds that perform well.
Now Highland Capital has over $13 billion in managed assets, and their base is only growing. As well as bringing new success to their clients, the firm is also dedicated to the local area, giving massive amounts of money to local charities and organizations. In fact, since 2012, Highland Capital Management and James Dondero have given over $5 million to the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Institution. As long as James Dondero is around, he will continue to promote the well being of the Dallas area. Follow James on Linkedin.
Everybody is going to remember where they were when Donald Trump was announced as the nomination for President by Republicans in 2016. George Soros, a philanthropist, progressive, and investor knew that he couldn’t find himself sitting on the sidelines after it happened. The 2016 Presidential Election will go down in the history books as one of the most divisive and interesting elections of all time. George Soros made sure that his name is going to be remembered in the discussion.George Soros was born in Hungary and he was raised there until he was a teenager when, in 1945, the Nazis came to occupy his country. For over a year Nazi’s occupied Hungary and indiscriminately killed Hungarian Jews. In 12 months time nearly 500,000 Jews would be murdered. During that time period of Soros and his family did everything they could to help people escape but there was only so much that they could accomplish before having to flee for their own lives.
Soros would end up settling down in London where he would work two different jobs in order to pursue higher education. His experiences with the Nazi regime as well as his schooling and studies at the London School of Economics would inform and inspire Soros to become the progressive philanthropists and open border advocate that we know today. Soros used this time period in order to establish his own thoughts on the greater picture of the world before emigrating to the United States in order to pursue the American dream. Soros would go on to establish the Soros Hedge Fund and summarily become one of the most prolific investors of all time.Along the way Soros would open up the Open Society Foundations which focused on bridging the gap between social justice and democratic values all around the world. Through Soros Hedge Fund the OSF Soros has donated nearly $12 BILLION to grassroot foundations and charities in every nook and cranny of the planet, including the United States.
This is what pushed Soros from just another billionaire into the class of liberal and progressive icon. Soros saw Donald Trump’s rise as a direct threat to everything that Soros spent his life working toward: criminal justice reform, immigrant rights, and voting rights for minorities who had been punished by illegal gerrymandering. Any position that Soros had, Trump would assuredly sit on the opposite side of the spectrum. Soros knew that he had to get involved and so that is exactly what he would go on to do.Through the 2016 election Soros would donate nearly $25 million to progressive politicians, including a smooth $7 million to a Pro-Clinton political action committee. Now, Soros stands as one of the most vocal detractors of Donald Trump in a world that desperately needs Soros’ help.
George Soros has seen the rise of fascism in his lifetime. He was born in Budapest, Hungary, just before the outset of World War II. His father saw the wave of anti-Semitism coming to Hungary and he acted to save his Jewish family’s lives. He sold off a large portion of the family’s wealth to obtain false identification papers. These papers would save their lives as hundreds of thousands of Hungarian Jews would perish.He was just a young boy at the time, but Soros remembers the vitriol of that era. His family would emigrate to the UK and settle down in London. He then became one of the greatest American success stories in the history of the country.Soros put himself through college in London. He attended the London School of Economics and immediately started trading on the UK stock market. He made a billion dollars in a single day when the British pound went under. He shorted the currency to earn a dubious nickname — the man who broke the bank of England.
He took that wealth to the United States where he started trading in New York’s stock market. He turned his intelligence and courage into a $26 billion net worth. His net worth is verified unlike his enemy Donald Trump.Soros sees a lot of bad in Trump. He sees a racist man that uses the same nationalistic vitriol as the Nazis during World War II. He sees his words as destructive weapons themselves. These weapons have the capability to harm this country physically by igniting racial tensions.Soros has not sat idly by during Trump’s presidency. He called all the best Democratic minds together in the wake of the election. He saw the writing on the wall and predicted violent outbursts like the one seen in Charlottesville. This convention would concern an anti-Trump plan.
Over the course of three days, the Soros group helped the Democratic party plan the resistance. There were meetings where immediate, short-term plans were laid out followed by meetings concerning long-term goals for the mid-terms and the 2020 general election.Soros also fights back by being a good guy. He founded and runs the Open Societies Foundation. The non-profit is a conglomeration of non-profit groups around the world fighting for vulnerable populations and for government transparency. Soros believes that open government transparency can prevent racism, sexism and bigotry on an institutional level.But one myth has been thoroughly debunked — Soros has not paid any protesters in the wake of Trump’s electoral college victory. The Women’s March that took place soon after the election was not funded by Soros. It is a common lie spread by right-winged politicians at the behest of Trump because the protest crowds have been bigger than his inauguration crowds.
Investment Approaches Revealed in an Evaluation of M&A Transactions Performed by Madison Street Capital
Hedge fund managers and firms recognized a significant increase in expenses and additional liabilities, based on an evaluation of M&A transactions in 2014 and 2015. The evaluation was conducted by Madison Street Capital and showed hedge funds used different approaches to protect their investments. Those approaches included traditional M&A, revenue share stakes, seed agreements, PE Stakes, and PE Bolt-ons. After the analysis was completed, Madison Street Capital released an overview of M&A, including the activities of transactions and prospects. The hedge fund investment firm predicted a growth in M&A transactions during 2016, even with the rise in expenses and liabilities.
Hedge funds had to diversify transactions with investment approaches to minimize and eliminate certain risks. For 2015, the report stated there were approximately 42 M&A transactions, which totaled over $250 billion in assets. In 2014, M&A transactions were only 32, which increased by 10 transactions in 2015. Assets of the hedge fund industry remains high due to the investment approaches some hedge funds implemented.
The expectation of M&A transactions increasing in 2016 is based on important factors, which were listed in the report released by Madison Street Capital. The two most important factors the firm considered were hedge fund assets at its highest and alternative asset management strategies. Pensions & Investments reported in February 2016 that the performance of hedge fund investments was unexceptional, but didn’t have a negative effect on the rise in assets. Hedge fund managers and firms made allocations to sector alternatives of asset management with the expectation of receiving higher return on investments to cover additional liabilities and increased expenses.
Hedge fund managers had no other choice but to implement new investment approaches to protect their assets. They incurred more costs for operations and were forced to reduce fees. Although some managers stayed with the traditional M&A transactions, they employed other approaches, including PE Stakes & Bolt-ons, seed agreements, and revenue share stakes. Madison Street Capital said that more transactions are expected during this year to offset incurred operational costs, decreased accessible fees, and increased liabilities.
Madison Street Capital, LLC, a hedge fund management firm was organized in 2005 by Chief Executive Officer, Charles Botchway. The firm is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois and provides services for acquisition, bankruptcy, company buy-out, mergers, and corporation reorganization. Madison Street Capital has built a positive reputation globally as one of top Advisory firms in world. Recently, the firm won the 7th Annual Emerging Leaders Award for M&A Advisor and was nominated for four categories for the 8th Annual International M&A Awards.
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