James Dondero and Highland Capital Management Are Making New Purchases

Octa Finance, along with other news outlets, are taking an interest in Highland Capital Management’s third quarter from 2015. The firm made some major changes over the course of the quarter and these changes were revealed in their 13F, which was filed at the beginning of February. Octa Finance did an analysis of the firm’s various moves. One of the major changes that occurred during the quarter was to Highland Capital’s equity exposure. Their equity exposure makes up roughly 22 percent of the firm’s assets and it dropped in value by 1.49 billion dollars over the course of the third quarter.

The article then went on to explain that the firm had made 69 new purchases in total. The biggest new buys that the firm made were in Spdr S&P 500 Etf Tr, which now represents 1.96 percent of the firm’s portfolio; Amazon Com Inc, which now represents .68 percent of the firm’s portfolio; Intra Cellular Therapies Inc, which now represents .46 percent of the firm’s portfolio; Danaher Corp Del, which now represents .50 percent of the firm’s portfolio; and Eagle Pharmaceuticals, which represents .52 percent of Highland Capital Management’s portfolio.

James Dondero co-founded this firm in 1993. He decided to create a unique firm that specializes in specific areas that draw niche clients from all over the world. Dondero has done this by concentrating on providing 2 specific services. The first service connects retail and institutional investors from around the world to credit based solutions. The second service the Dondero help Highland Capital Management to specialize in is the creation of a market for collateralized loan obligation.

James has also managed to grow the firm to have other services on offer too. Highland Capital Management also offers services for emerging markets, real estate solutions, health care investments, distressed and special situation opportunities, high yield credit, structured products and short and long term equity. Jim was able to create this large of a firm because of his vast experience. He has worked as an analyst, a chief investment officer, a corporate bond analyst and a portfolio manager. He understands investments from the inside out due to decades of experience in these various positions with different companies.

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Brian Torchin A Chiropractor On The Move

Brian Torchin is a man on the move. As a top healthcare recruiter and a veteran of the health care industry, he is experienced in not only managing health care offices in Philadelphia, Delaware, and Florida but also in practicing medicine as a top notch chiropractor. He is currently serving as the President of Health Care Recruitment Counselors, LLC and has recently expanded his reach into Europe and Asia. Brian’s professional career started out through his own experiences as a doctor of chiropractic medicine. However, as his knowledge grew he imagined another goal, the goal of how his company Health Recruitment Counselors could provide their clients with the best staff possible.

To that end, Health Recruitment Counselors offers a number of additional services to medical practices that are searching for qualified employees and assistants. Besides staffing, they also do consulting services, training, and even background checks. Torchin also is active in tweeting. One of his favorites includes blogs about the pitfalls in hiring a chiropractor and how to recruit potential employees through social media sites like LinkedIn.

He points out that you should always create an office that exudes a welcoming environment for your patients and make sure that you and your office staff make it crystal clear to the patients you treat that you realize that if it weren’t for them that you wouldn’t be there.  Brian Torchin can also be followed on Mashable, and Behance.

Be Careful With Kyle Bass

A suddenly influential individual who previously went about relatively unknown is always suspicious, and Kyle Bass and his shady past is no exception. A hedge fund manager out of Texas, Bass quickly gained renown when he publicly declared an economic recession in the United States’ future. He made this prediction in regard to the sub-prime lending market which led to the 2008 collapse. Since he was correct, people began to listen to him in higher and higher numbers. Certainly this had some positive effect on Bass’ financial endeavors, but as he continued to make more media appearances, somehow his hedge fund actually began to decline. That’s not the kind of relationship a high profile financier should have with his hedge fund; it should be the other way round! Yet even when compared against relatively average funds, Bass’ still under-performs the vast majority of them.

The more appearances Bass makes in the media, the more people seem to trust him. This is very dangerous. Bass is betting on a variety of horses, though. If you bet on all of them, one’s bound to win, isn’t it? Right now one of Bass’ biggest scams involves defrauding sick people out of cures and medical advances. Certainly that’s not how Bass sees it. No, he sees himself as humanitarian. Didn’t he, after all, start the pseudo-humanitarian organization CAD? The Coalition for Affordable Drugs has even been successful in decreasing the cost of many big-ticket pharmaceutical companies’ medication. So the sick are paying less! Isn’t that good?

In no way. The pharmaceuticals who lose out lose millions. Imagine a drug is purported to bring in one million dollars, but CAD gets on it and cuts its price down ninety percent. Now the return is only 100k. From a business perspective, the rest of that income needs to be accounted for. This means cutting the fat, as it were, from operations. As integral to operations as research and development are, often one of the first places to lose funding under such scenarios is varying R&D departments. The net result? Cures on the horizon are suspended indefinitely. Meanwhile, Kyle Bass short sells his holdings in the company he’s used CAD to attack and makes millions.

These are some very solid reasons to be careful trusting anything Bass has to say about…anything. The likelihood is, he’s got a secondary motive impossible to see until he pulls out with millions of dollars to be devoted to some other scheme. Socialist or no, Bass’ actions are suspicious, dangerous, and often unethical.

Sam Tabar: How to Implement Global Marketing Strategies

When it comes to international finance, one of the best ways to guarantee a firm will find success is the proper implementation of global marketing strategies. However, it takes tremendous amounts of knowledge and experience in order to develop strategies that will appeal to investors the world over, ultimately leading to an increase in wealthy investors eager to invest their money in a hedge fund that produces excellent results. While there are many people around the world who develop global marketing strategies, few do it any better than Sam Tabar. With his unique educational background as well as extensive experience in both the legal and financial fields, Sam was able to develop many innovative strategies that industry experts saw as cutting-edge, unique, and innovative for the industry.

While working on an international stage, CrunchBase shows Sam developed a reputation for having some of the most remarkable ideas within financial services. Using a creative mind as well as an approach that took full advantage of his legal and financial background, Sam implemented his strategies and quickly began to see excellent results. For example, while serving as the Head of Business Development and Capital Strategy for the Sparx Group, Sam was in charge of developing strategies for a hedge fund that was worth more than $2 billion. Using his strategic marketing plan to reach investors in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond, the hedge fund grew from an initial value of $2 billion to more than $3 billion, which showcased his ability to find high-profile investors.

Along with finding tremendous success with this hedge fund, Sam has also found career success when it comes to working with clients on regulatory and compliance issues. Considered one of the world’s foremost experts on financial contracts, Sam has worked with clients everywhere to interpret various contracts, investment agreements, employment law questions, and much more. Able to break down complex issues in terms that people find very easy to understand, Sam has developed into a Capital Strategist that firms all around the world are eager to have on their team. As he continues to mull one career opportunity after another, Sam realizes he needs to continue being innovative with his planning in order to stay ahead of the competition.  About.me is a good showcase of Sam Tabar’s career.

Eucatex President: Electronic Devices Can Help Education Tremendously

Do you know many people in their twenties who don’t own smartphones? I can’t say that I do. In this day and age, many young adults are becoming linked with one another through the use of modern technologies; namely smartphones, internet access, and computers.

The dependence upon these technologies can take away from so many “real-life” social experiences. However, Eucatex President Flavio Maluf says that these technologies can help tremendously with educational opportunities for college-aged people. He says this idea is more feasible if their technological focus is steered towards learning. By turning students’ focus away from using these devices solely for leisure, young people will be more motivated to take education seriously.

Studies show, in fact, that a significantly larger percentage of student use the internet at home than at their schools. Almost half of all of the educators in Brazil use the internet in their classrooms and engage their students in materials such as videos, slideshows, PowerPoint presentations, and even games. Maluf says on Twitter that the satisfactory academic results of students support his claim.

Mr. Maluf is the current President, presiding over Eucatex and GrandFood. He is the oldest son of Brazillian politician Paulo Maluf. Eucatex is owned by the Maluf family company and assumed Flavio Maluf as it’s top executive on April 29, 2005.

Eucatex is a group of panel production company based out of Brazil. They focus on the manufacturing, designing, and painting of different projects for various construction, furniture, and automobile companies, They utilize eucalyptus wood fibers in their creations, as well as fiberboards of different densities.

He’s counted on to provide advice to new entrepreneurs, and he’s also been relied upon to He has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, as well as other credentials from both the United States and Brazil. Mr. Maluf has also served for other North American and South American companies, such as CitiBank and Sistema.

Brad Reifler’s Guidance on Investing and Money Matters

Brad Reifler founded the Reifler Trading Company in the 1980s as shown by Wikipedia. He sold the company and found Pali Capital in 1995. He now focuses on being the CEO of Forefront Capital. He elaborates on how investor should invest in a longevity source of financial growth.

He states we should be very careful with contributing capital to an unknown investment. Mr. Reifler strongly suggests to Reuters that you should have present and future goals set aside for your objectives. It would be a great idea to research the company you are investing in, in order to know someone who is an investor in the company to give some advice about the Do’s and the Don’ts. One should keep alert of the account to see if it is growing or stagnated. If it is desolate, close the account and search for another money fund. If the money is growing, add more funds for financial growth. Make sure you have enough to invest by the end of the month to be persistent with financial planning. Always make sure the needs are met before wanting to invest such as loans, utilities and personal care if needed. A mutual fund is a great investment simply because you do not have a penalty if you need to withdraw for emergency needs or for a family vacation. Mutual fund also grows interest when the Dow is elevating. As always, observe the accounts at least once a week.

Another savings account that grows interest is the Money Fund. It acts just like a savings account however this account draws interest more quickly than a regular savings bank account.

Reifler also states with the right investment diversification, you can have a great savings for your own retirement. Reifler’s articles are posted on Reuters website if you would like to analyze more tips of investing and savings.  Reifler has a huge interest in building up the middle class.  As he’s told MarketWired Reifler has focused Forefront Capital on middle class development.  Check Brad out on Twitter for further.

James Dondero: Taking Highland Capital To New Heights

James Dondero founded Highland Capital Management in 1993 and after only a little more than a decade, the fund is already one of the most experience alternative credit managers in the world and has been tested by multiple credit cycles. Highland Capital is also the larges United States collateralized loan obligation manager, which is probably due to the fact that James Dondero and the fund helped to pioneer the CLO and loan markets. The firm also offers services including mutual funds, private equity funds, hedge funds, CLOs, institutional separate accounts, REITs and ETFs.

Before Jim Dondero started Highland Capital Management, he worked for several companies, including American Express, Morgan Guaranty training program and the GIC subsidiary of Protective Life, as an analyst, a portfolio manager, a corporate bond analyst and a chief investment officer. Prior to working, Jim graduated with honors from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia. He received a dual degree in accounting and finance. Since his school days, James Dondero has also gotten certified as a Charted Financial Analyst, a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Management Accountant. Dondero now serves as a board member for MGM Studios and American Banknote. And he is a chairman for CCS Medical, NexBank and Cornerstone Healthcare.

Octa Finance recently did an article analyzing Highland Capital Management. It did the analysis by looking at the firm’s recently filed 13F for the third quarter of 2015. In the filing, they found that there were some major changes made to the fund’s portfolio. The fund increased its position in several companies. Highland lifted its stakes by 60% in American Airls Group Inc, which left it at more than 204 million dollars.

Highland Capital also sold stocks in a number of stocks. Octa Finance could only speculate that it was either due to there being a better place for the firm’s capital, value or momentum. The stocks that were sold include Laboratory Corp Amer Hldgs, Envision Healthcare Hldgs In, Mckesson Corp, Nexpoint Cr Strategies Fd and Spdr Series Trust. These sales amounted to roughly 8 percent of the fund’s entire portfolio that was reported in 13F.

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If you would like to read the full article, please go here: http://www.octafinance.com/highland-capital-management-top-10-holdings-in-q3-2015/352793/

Marcio Alaor: Apple’s Tech Company Acquisition Could Hint to New Product Features


Apple, one of the largest companies in the global technological innovation industry, is seeking to innovate and bring unreleased product feature to the market. One example of such technology is Touch ID, which was introduced with iPhone 6S. This technology uses barometric information from a fingerprint placed an area of the phone to access different phone functions. It is clear that in 2016, as Marcio Alaor of Banco BMG reports, that Apple will continue innovating in the year ahead as the companies most recent technology company acquisitions seem to indicate.

Apple recently acquired a startup company called Emotient which had previously raised $8 million dollars from investors before being acquired. This shows that Apple with the acquisition of Emotient, says Banco BMG’s Marcio Alaor, is interested in an artificial intelligence technology that can analyze emotions through facial expressions that it could possible integrate with it products.

Facial expression technology isn’t new to the market. Interest in this technology from Apple is to improve its technological know-how and to speed up the process of bringing the technology to market. In as early as the year 2014, cites Marcio Alaor of BMG, the business had already started with the acquisition of patents to identify and analyze mood through facial expressions. However, it is uncertain whether or not the recent acquisition of Emotient will be featured in products being launched by Apple this year. However, it is clear that Apple seeks to add this technology technologies to their devices sometime in the future.

In addition to facial identification capability, Apple has sought innovative patents that would allow for the production of cell phones and tablets that could “self-repair”. Chief executive of BMG, Marcio Alaor, notes the goal is to design devices that can fix internal problems instantly. A “self-repair” feature on a smartphone or tablet device could be active when the device is in standby mode. During this period, the the self repair mechanism might make a few small repairs that could enhance overall performance by restoring damaged display pixels, various connectivity concerns or improving digital camera resolution.

Facial recognition technology, says Marcio Alaor of Banco BMG, and “self-repair” technology are both in an early stage development at Apple and there are no set time-frame for when the company will incorporate the technology into its devices. Nonetheless, the fact that the technologies are being developed by Apple indicates that they could possibly be introduced to the market in 2016.

Marcio Alaor is the executive vice president at Brazil based Banco BMG which is the industry leader in providing personal and payroll loans in Brazil. Alaor is considered one of the top Brazilian businessmen in the the country. More information about Alaor can be found at http://marcioalaorbmg.com.