A Shifting Scene: The Holdings of Highland Capital Management

Highland Capital Management made some changes to their fund in the third quarter of 2015. Octa Finance released the details from their quarterly 13F in an article about the fund. The document was filed on February 13 of 2016 and it details the fund’s equity exposure, which accounts for 22.73 percent of the fund’s managed assets.

The fund made some major position changes. It now has sold out completely in Disney Walt Co, Laboratory Corp Amer Hldgs, Abbott Labs and many more. The fund has new positions in Eagle Pharmaceuticals, Jarden Corp, Vulcan Matls Co, among others. Through the new positions the fund gained and the positions that the fund sold out of, the fund kept to certain patterns when it came to the sectors it was involved in. During the third quarter, the fund left most of its health care and finance sector positions and increased its position in the information technology sector.

The fund’s top three holdings account for 13.59 percent of their U.S. listed securities. They are in Salesforce Com Inc, Ishares Tr and American Airls Group Inc. The fund’s top 10 holdings account for nearly 30 percent of the 13F reported portfolio. However, while American Airls Group Inc and Ishares Tr were 2 of the top 3 holds of Highland Capital Management, the fund actually decreased their position by 56 percent and 52 percent respectively.

The Co-Founder and President of Highland Capital Management is James Dondero. Jim brings extensive experience in distressed and high yield investing in the equity and credit markets. His leadership has also helped the fund to become cutting edge in development of credit oriented solutions for world wide retail and institutional investors. They have also led the industry in the development of a market for Collateralized Loan Obligation.

Before founding Highland Capital Management, Jim served as a Chief Executive Office for a GIC subsidiary of Protective Life, a Corporate Bond Analyst for American Express, a Portfolio Manager for American Express and an analyst for the Morgan Guaranty training program. Dondero was prepared for all of these positions in finance after graduating with high honors from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia. Currently, Dondero serves as a Chairman of Cornerstone Healthcare, CCS Medical and Nexbank.

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Beltyukov Brings Education Stateside

Alexei Beltyukov has long been a proponent, some would even say an evangelist, of education as a need for children of all ages, well into adulthood. The Russian entrepreneur often finds the time and avenues to marry this ideal with his business efforts, making for ventures that are driven by passion.

Last April, during Educator Day, a tech conference hosted by EdSurge in Los Angeles, Beltyukov unveiled SOLVY and the feedback his educational software had received by experts in education. It was in like company, as the conference is focused on introducing new methods of providing education and educational materials to teachers and instructors through evolving technologies.

It quickly gained the attention of many in attendance. Launchingnext.com cited it as a startup worth watching in the coming year, BetaList also put focus on SOLVY‘s promising future.

Alexei says on Twitter this is geared at helping high school students with homework and study, SOLVY exists online to generate assignments that mirror the kinds of work issued by teachers to students. How it works is teachers customize exercises that remain within a set of parameters they can determine. With no multiple choice answers at their disposal, students are encouraged and guided to work out problems from concept to answer, allowing them to make mistakes and learn from them.

About.me indicates that Beltyukov saw SOLVY as a primary tool for students to better understand math, a subject that has something of a reputation when it comes to difficult school subjects. Through SOLVY, Beltyukov made life easier for teachers by helping them to better understand where their students are having the most trouble in order to help them progress in their respective courses and receive feedback from outside the classroom.

There are multiple paths set up for students to follow to help them find answers to problems. This makes them superior to traditional textbooks that lack the dynamism that comes from this interactive platform, hints and insight into problem solving. And with the monitoring of each student’s performance, lesson plans can be coordinated in kind.

Beltyukov comes from a medical background that he left behind in favor of business ventures. A graduate of INSEAD Business School, where he received his MBA, Beltyukov worked to start several businesses, get them off the ground and promote them to varying degrees of success. Though he created successful businesses like Mechanicus, New Gas Technologies and A-Ventures, he also co-founded Endemic Capital in 2013, a firm concerned with angel investing. Aside from SOLVY, Belyukov currently is an observer for FORO Energy’s Board of Directors.

US Money Reserves Founder Influence Just Like George Soros

US Money Reserve is famous for being the largest distributor of gold coins and silver in the world. It has been a topic of discussion especially after its president Phillip Diehl decided that they remove the penny in the market as it’s doing well. The decision also comes at a point when George Soros had predicted a crisis in the investment world and dropping of the trade in many stock markets. Diehl has been running the US Money Reserve for some time and has been an influence of many investors by bringing sense to them of the financial benefits of owning precious metals.

Philip has also increased the trust worth of US Money Reserve to many clients he has dealt .the influence has also been as a result of the government being the issuer of gold, platinum and silver coins. Diehl recently accepted an interview with enterprise radio. His influence on the market comes with being the first president that the United States government trusted to issuing the US Money Reserve a platinum coin. Diehl was also chosen by Bill Clinton to be the director of the United States Mint. His previous work has been of close association with many senior officials and he even at one point worked in the United States treasury board.

Diehl position in the US Money Reserve came as a complement to his previous efforts like being the initiator of the 50 states quarter program that was the most powerful coin program from the history in the United States. From his effort too when he was in Mint Diehl recorded an increase in profit to $2.5 billion by the end of his term. He has also made many individuals gain very high-profit positions by making them invest in buying more coins as their assets. Many clients have not been disappointed with Diehl as the leader of us money reserve. He assures people of the importance of investing with the US Money Reserve in that you are assured of quality you will not be subject to lies and face gold coins, but you will get the best. According to the epodcast, the influence of the US Money Reserve is by being the only gold selling company being led by a former Mint director.

According to prnewswire, the leadership of the company is safe with Phillip. Just as he did magic with his work as a mint director so will he do to the US Money Reserve. One of the working strategies he has started with is the withdrawal of the penny from the market. He is surely a saver of many investors.

Doe Deere Shares Her Favorite Fashion Rules To Ignore

There is a mountain of fashion rules that women have been told to follow in the past, and every rule has kept women in a small box of fashion. Doe Deere breaks down barriers in the fashion world every day with her Lime Crime line of cosmetics, and she wants women to break as many of the rules as possible. Doe broke the rules when she created a makeup line based on bright colors, and she knows her makeup works well with the broken rules described in this article.

#1: Feel Free To Wear Many Bright Colors Together

Women have been told for centuries that they cannot wear two bright colors together. Every bright color must be balanced with a neutral color, but Doe believes that women have been avoiding their favorite colors just to follow this one rule. Breaking this rule is easy for every woman. A woman may wear a bright yellow with her favorite bright pink, and she may choose to wear a bright lip and eye color at the same time. Moderation is not necessary in Doe’s fashion world.

#2: Feel Free To Mix Patterns

Patterns have long been the subject of fashion rules that prevent women from wearing more than one pattern at the same time. Every fashion rule has a breaking point, and Doe wants women to begin wearing their favorite patterns together. The traditional plaid skirt will look beautiful with a polka dot shirt, and women who have a favored paisley blouse may match that blouse with a striped skirt. There is no limit to what a woman can do to look her best, and Doe hopes that women will be bold enough to wear more than one pattern at once.

#3: Show Off Open Toes With Socks Or Stockings

Socks and stockings were once meant to be hidden behind closed-toe shoes, and closed-toe shoes were required for all women in the fall and winter. Women who love their open-toed shoes may wear them with socks or stockings in the modern world, and these shoes are an excellent way for women to show off the patterns and colors in their hosiery. There are some amazing hosiery patterns on the market today, and showing them off in open-toed shoes is encouraged.

#4: Use Hair Dye In Interesting Colors

Women were once told that they could not wear their favorite clothing with hair that was not a normal color. Women who chose to dye their hair blue, purple, pink, green or any other odd color were not seen as professional, but neutral clothes that are used for many professions are now acceptable with dyed hair. A woman may express her personality with a strong hair dye, and she may wear anything she likes with it.

Doe Deere has many different fashion rules that she no longer follows, and she hopes that women will follow her lead. There are amazing patterns, colors and styles that women may wear for the first time because they are breaking down fashion barriers.

The Guimaraes Factor at Banco BMG

Banco BMG’s history dates back to 1930 when it began as the Land Credit Bank. The bank has evolved and kept its place in Brazil’s financial industry. Even back then, BMG shared a lot in common with the Guimaraes family of Minas Gerais.


The Guimaraes family has always enjoyed a high status and reputation in Brazil. In 1930, Pentagna Guimaraes ventured into the financial industry and founded Banco Minas Gerais. The firm operated successfully in agriculture and manufacturing. When his son took over after him, the company’s direction changed to the financing of bulky and light vehicles.


The wheel of succession spun again in 1998 when an ambitious Ricardo Guimaraes took over the administration of the family fortune. Ricardo Guimaraes became the fourth heir of his lineage to run BMG. Predictably, the bank had to change course again and this time, it became a lender of consigned credit.


Ricardo Guimaraes’ ambition matched skill; therefore, his administration made huge strides forward. He streamlined the structure of the company for a leaner outlook and enlisted the services of banking agents. The firm also packaged low-interest rate loans for active and committed clients. BMG was ready to take over the market and went on to dominate the consigned credit markets.


At this point, it becomes quite apparent that the Guimaraes family has always been a critical input in the success of their firm. This fact brings us to the growing need for corporates and investors to diversify amidst risks involved in financial and stock markets. Ricardo being an experienced investor realized diversifying is the only way to push BMG forward and shield the bank from losses.


Banco BMG has been locked in negotiations with a host of banks concerning the supply and distribution of payroll and personal loans. A winning combination was later declared with BMG partnering Itau Unibanco in a joint venture. Through the new venture, BMG will be able to expand its payroll loans segment and solidify its dominance. There were initial fears that the partnership would weigh heavily on BMG’s performance, but it turns out the investments will grow.


Before the partnership can take effect, BMG will have to streamline the operations by first eliminating unprofitable products and services from its portfolio. Such a move will free up resources to concentrate on the performing elements. This process calls on a Guimaraes to take control and usher in a new era of growth.


Reports also indicate this could be the last duty Ricardo Guimaraes carries out as President and Chief Executive Officer. He is to surrender his position to another expert Antonio Hermann. Guimaraes and his family will now perform oversight roles on the board of the firm.

Crystal Hunt Showcases More Than Her Acting Skills In The “Queens Of Drama”

One of the most eagerly anticipated scripted reality shows of recent years, “Queens Of Drama” brings together some of the best known faces from the world of daytime soap operas in a bid to relaunch this form of entertainment. “Queens Of Drama” includes a cast made up of actresses known for creating many of the best loved and most hated characters ever to appear in the U.S. soap opera genre. One of the major stars of this reality show is Donna Mills, who creates a fictional persona for herself as the leader of the newly created production company.

Crystal Hunt provides a good example of the high standard of the stars appearing in the show, particularly as she played one of the most iconic roles in the recent years of the soap opera genre. Hunt had already found fame as a star of “Guiding Light” when she switched to “One Life To Live” with the character of Stacy Morasco, an exotic dancer who took one of the most entertaining character arcs of recent memory. On “Queens Of Drama” Metacritic reviewers say that Crystal Hunt plays a version of herself that is partially based upon the characters she played in soap operas and her own public image.

There is more to the life and work of Crystal Hunt than simply her persona as a soap opera actress. Instead, Hunt has looked to embark on a career that has switched focus to the big screen with roles in movies including “Magic Mike XXL”, and a producer credit on the movie “Talbot County”. Her smart business sense has also led Crystal Hunt away from her acting career to a new role as a business executive for her own pet boutique in Florida.

Crystal Hunt will come face to face with some of the most iconic stars of the soap opera genre in her new role on “Queens Of Drama”. As the actors look to develop their own soap opera they will draw assistance and inspiration from iconic figures like former “Dynasty” star Joan Collins.

The Career of a Distinguished Attorney and Capital Strategist

Sam Tabar is a distinguished attorney and capital strategist based out of New York City. In 2000, he graduated from Oxford University with honors before serving the Columbia Business Law Review as Associate Editor. Shortly later, he became an associate with the prestigious law firm Skadden, Arps, Slater, Meagher & Flom LLP. During his time at the firm, Tabar performed a variety of tasks including counseling clients on hedge fund structure and formation, as well as handling compliance and regulatory issues. He worked at the firm until 2004 before joining PMA Investment Advisors financial group as counsel.

After some time at PMA Investment Advisors, Tabar was promoted to a position as Managing Director, where he handled all aspects of investor relations and global marketing. During his time at the firm, he helped raise over $1 billion in assets and worked closely with the CEO on all business matters. In 2011, Tabar moved to a position as Director and Head of Strategy for the Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s Asia-Pacific region. In this role, he managed the cycle of capital allocations between investors and fund managers. Although he left Merrill Lynch in 2012, he managed to create a supplemental rolodex of more than 1,250 investors in his short time with the company. After leaving Merrill Lynch, Tabar moved on to Adanac LLC to serve as Director where he invested in American start-up companies and properties.

In 2012, Tabar returned to the legal field by becoming a Senior Associate at Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP. During his time at the firm, he addressed compliance and regulatory issues, handled investment management agreements and supplied counsel on fund structure and formation. Tabar left Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP in 2014. In addition to his legal knowledge and experience, Tabar is fluent in both written and spoken French and English, and he can speak Japanese. His hobbies outside of the business world including traveling and hosting events.  Currently he’s the CEo of Full Cycle Fund, and Sam Tabar’s been taking the company to new heights.

In addition, he’s also interested in giving back to the community.  With his own charitable efforts on Sam’s Go Fund Me page.  He’s also an amateur photographer on his own time.  Posting many creations for everybody to see via his Instagram.

Marcio Alaor BMG on Australia Economy and IPO performance of Automakers

Marcio Alaor is one of the executive members of Banco BMG of BMG Group, a financial institution based in Brazil. The bank is the major Brazilian football sponsor, also operating in vehicle financing and personal loans. It provides consignment loans to member companies, military personnel, federal and state civil servants, pensioners and retirees at a discount.
Marcio Alaor Explains Why the Economy of Australia is an Exception in Economic Crisis
Marcio Alaor says that Australia is one of the isolated cases as far as global economic stability is concerned. While most developed countries are trying hard to recover after the crisis experienced in 2008, Australia economy continues to grow. In the third quarter of 2015, it grew by 2.5%, which Marcio says is a factor indicating that Australia closed the year with no recessions for the 25th consecutive time. The reason for this, according to Marcio, is because the county happens to be a major commodities exporter, ranging from large scale goods such as whet and soybeans to mineral commodities including aluminum and iron. He says that this served as a stimulus for the country’s economy.
Marcio Alaor continues and says that Australia stood out compared to other developed countries by implementing various measures aimed at stimulating the growth of the country. He goes ahead and cites the fact that Wayne Swan, the Minister of Finance in Australia, has received a lot of international recognition, especially in 2011 when he was featured in Euromoney magazine. The minister implemented various measures, making necessary adjustments in time.
Marcio Alaor Analyzes the Performance of Automakers
With the automakers attracting more investors in today’s stock market, the executive officer of Banco BMG, Marcio Alaor, decides to air his views on this matter. He says that one of the first companies to go public was General Motors, which completed 100 years in IPO and currently has about 53.52 billion dollars of market. In 1956, Ford then followed, offering its first IPO which was one of the biggest at that time. Through this process, the companies became corporations, with their IPOs being used to raise capital investment and funds to enable monetization of their investments. According to Alaor, these days, automakers are seeing increase in stocks such as Ferrari, which reported a 5 percent increase and 10 billion dollars in market. Other companies that also performed include Flat Chrysler Automobilist, Daimler, BMW, Renault, Volvo, and Peugeot.
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Do Investors Like James Dondero Think The Market Will Recover In 2016?

Investors across America have been looking forward to 2016. 2015 was a trying year for many investors, and people like James Dondero at Highland Capital Management are prepared for a better year in 2016. Jim is the CEO and co-founder of Highland. The markets tend to rebound when they have a bad year, but investors must make decisions that will facilitate a rebound. This article explains how investors plan to help the markets along, global economic factors and what even the smallest investor can do in 2016. Check out his twitter to stay up to date on the world of finance below.

#1: How Do Investors Like Jim Rebound?

Investors like Jim plan to rebound by opening their portfolios to new possibilities. Every investor with experience will begin to invest in new projects to help increase volume market. The markets will begin to increase slowly over the first few months of the year, and there will be more than enough money flowing through the system to help the markets recover. Jim believes in keeping his portfolio as broadly-invested as possible, and his broad approach will instantly help the markets.

#2: Will Oil Prices Rise?

Oil prices cannot fall forever, and investors who are convinced that oil prices will rise once again. Gold and oil tend to rise and fall together, and both commodities cannot remain low forever. Investors like Jim believe that rising oil prices will help the markets pick up, but patience is required as oil prices rise once again. The prices may not be as high as they once were, but anyone who understands the market knows that any increase a good thing.

#3: The Markets Will Balance Themselves

The stock markets balance themselves with regard to every stock. A stock that had a wonderful year in 2015 may dip slightly in the new year, an any stock that struggled in 2015 will have a better in 2016. Investors are hoping to balance their own portfolios to ensure they are making money, and a wise investor like Jim is moving around stocks to prepare for the market to balance itself.

The 2015 stock market year was not kind to many people, but anyone who wants to have a better year in 2016 must ensure that they wait for the market to rebound. A rebound in 2016 will help investors make some of their money back, and a rebound will be tied to increased volume, higher oil prices and a balancing of the market. Waiting for a new year often helps improve earnings.

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American Mogul Charles Koch Opens Up About His Political Views

As one of the key players of Koch Industries, Charles Koch is a wealthy American businessman with plenty of influence on national politics. In addition to controlling one of the largest multinational enterprises in the United States, Mr. Koch is also known for his philanthropic efforts worldwide. In a rare and exclusive interview with the Financial Times, the self-proclaimed liberal discussed his views on the 2016 race for the White House.

Koch plans on contributing as much as $900 million for the Republican cause. However, the American mogul is deeply disappointed in the GOP for many reasons. In particular, Koch is outraged by Donald Trump’s harsh stance on American Muslims and other minority groups. Koch is also very critical of U.S. foreign policy especially in the Middle East. He also doesn’t believe that the Republicans have a clear strategy for dealing with the ongoing conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan and other Muslim nations in which the U.S. military has a presence. After years of wars, Koch sees the U.S.A. as being more vulnerable than ever before.

According to Charles Koch, the current Republican candidates just don’t have the right plans to deal with global problems that can’t be solved exclusively by military action. For example, some GOP leaders call for relentless bombing campaigns against America’s foes in the Arab world. However, Koch doesn’t believe that such actions will solve the complex conflict between the United States and Muslim terrorists. He thinks that America has to be more sensitive in a world that has more than 1.6 billion Muslims.

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