While Wall Street sometimes seems to believe that only the top 1% deserve the best investments, Brad Reifler, founder and CEO of Forefront Capital, recently shared his investing advice for the masses in a press release on Reuters.com. Brad outlined his advice in five tips for investors of any level who are looking for a safe investment with satisfying returns.
1. Be careful how you invest your money. It’s important to consider risks as well as charges and expenses. Take a careful inventory of your total assets and identify your goals.
2. Be concerned about the safety of your money.
3. Do not put everything in the stock market. Diversify.
4. Develop a relationship with your fund manager so that you know and trust the person who ultimately manages your money.
5. Recognize why you are investing. Consider the objective of each investment. Be conscious of how much you invest, and if you see a particular investment working, add to it.
Reifler cited recent financial experiences on Twitter that disturbed him so greatly as to prompt him to refocus and shift the entire direction of his firm. That shift in focus, he says, is taking him away from Wall Street and towards the middle class.
Since making that shift he has developed a fund specifically for people like his 80 year old father in law who owns an RV repair shop and does not have access to the investment products that are available to accredited investors. Diversification is key to investment success and Reifler’s goal is to make more investment opportunities available to the smaller investor.
About.me showed that Reifler notes how the Securities and Exchange Commission requires Accredited Investors be either a corporation or an individual with a networth of over one million dollars, excluding the primary residence, or having an income over $200,000 or joint income over $300,000 with a spouse. These standards were originally designed to protect shareholders from risky investments, Reifler states, but the past 30 years have produced such an increase in knowledge and oversight that the standards now serve mostly to shield smaller investors from the most lucrative investment opportunities.
“Through the power of compound returns,” the article quotes Reifler, “if the 99 percenters had a better option to invest, they could potentially watch a small investment grow into a substantial retirement account.”
“Unlike Wall Street,” Reifler continued, “we want to be a firm for the people.”
James Dondero has utilized his 30 years of experience to create a strong and profitable Highland Capital Management. One of the main reasons that clients can trust the firm is that they co-invest with their clients to ensure that everyone’s interests are aligned and that there is transparency throughout the entire exchange. James Dondero has also instilled a since of “alpha-by-avoidance” in the environment of his fund. In other words, Highland Capital stays ahead and makes money by avoiding losing investments quickly. A final system that the fund has in place to make sure that they can provide the best quality of service to their clients is a system of checks and balances in order to avoid risk and volatility.
Jim Dondero was able to instill these ideals in his fund because he had practice with them. He has had experience working for others in basic positions, such as being an analyst for the Morgan Guaranty training program. Dondero has also had experience in leadership positions. Jim Dondero served as the Chief Investment Officer at a Protective Life GIC subsidiary. Along the way, he has received certification as a Certified Management Accountant, a Chartered Financial analyst and a Certified Public Accountant. Jim is also a known philanthropist and gives back to his local community consistently!!
In a recent analysis done by Octa Finance, Highland Capital Management’s third quarter statistics were revealed. The online newspaper looked through the fund’s recently filed 13F and shared some of the more interesting aspects. One aspect that was shared was the top holdings of the firm.
Another major change that they firm made was where it placed itself in the sectors. Previously, Highland Capital Management was mainly invested in finance and health care. In the third quarter, the fund significantly lowered its positioning in both of these sectors, health care by 20 percent and finance by 38 percent. By the end of the third quarter the firm was fairly evenly spread out through a number of sectors. 1 percent of the firms portfolio was in services, 1 percent in materials, 4 percent in utilities and telecommunication, 8 percent in transportation, 10 percent in consumer discretionary, 12 percent in energy and 18 percent in finance sector.
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Nothing defines our humanity more than the god-given rights given to us. Sadly, these rights tend to become alienated in secluded, non-westernized societies around the world. Thankfully, the Human Rights Foundation (HRF) is dedicated to ending the seclusion of human rights in these unjust societies.
HRF is a politically nonpartisan organization that is on a mission to promote and defend the rights of human beings. Founded on the ideology of liberal democracy, the Human Rights Foundation believes that all people, regardless of nationality, race, gender or other backgrounds, are entitled to many of the same concepts that America’s founding fathers set out to enact. Among these concepts are the freedoms of speech, association, self-determination, and freedom from enslavement or unnecessary incarceration. The protection of these basic rights is crucial to preserving the liberty and happiness of mankind. This philosophy is what fuels HRF to do their great works around the globe. Their works are seen in the form of protests, campaigning to free political prisoners, educating people on what constitutes a free society, and helping to teach the importance of freedom and human rights.
The Human Rights Foundation was first established in 2005, and it’s offices opened officially in 2006 in New York City. This non-profit organization, like a few others, was founded by a man named Thor Halvorssen Mendoza. Halvorssen is a self-made human rights activist who shows passion for equality and freedom for people all around the world.
Mr. Halvorssen has also displayed his works of activism through various filmmaking and documentary projects. He is known for his works with the documentary Sugar Babies, which sheds light on the rough, inhumane treatment of children working on sugar farms in the Dominican Republic. Thor Halvorssen is also well-known for his political documentaries about the uprisings and overthrowing of tyrannical leaders through history.
Marcio Alaor is an executive vice president at BMG Bank, and he uses his blog to help investors make proper choices with their money. Investing is fine art that someone like Marcio has mastered, and he is advising investors every day to invest with the best companies. Apple is increasing its marketshare every day in the technology world, and this article explains new plans that Marcio has learned of. His advice to investors is based on research he has done on the technology industry himself.
#1: Apple Wants To Update Its Products
Apple is planning to update its products as much as possible in the future, and the company is looking to update everything as much as possible. The Force Touch technology that is featured in Apple products makes Apple better investment, and the Force Touch technology has made the iPhone 6 a popular item. Marcio wants his investors to take a look at Apple because their stock price can only go up in the future.
#2: The Acquisition Of Emotient
Emotient is a company that recently raised $8 million on its own, and the company was acwuired by Apple for its cutting edge technology. The value of Apple rose immediately when they purchased Emotient, and customers of Apple will begin to see results when Emotient’s technology goes into use. There are many people who have waited to invest in Apple, and the acquisition of Emotient makes the company more attractive to investor with information like Marcio Alaor.
#3: Facial Recognition
Facial recognition software was once something that people only saw in the movies, and Apple’s use of facial recognition technology has made the company a target for investors who are ready to work with such a progressive company.
#4: New Patents For Self Repair
The self-repairing devices created by Apple will help customers avoid problems with their phones or tablets, and the devices will begin to repair glitches on their own. Happy customers ensure that a business will thrive, and Apple is thriving because it has invested so much money in doing something for its customers. The self-repairing technology invented by Apple makes the company a more attractive investment option.
Marcio Alaor has done his research as a vice president at BMG Bank, and he wants to ensure that his clients are making the wisest choices possible. He has researched new Apple technologies, and Marcio believes that Apple is a fine choice for any investor. He plans to tout the brilliance of new Apple technologies that will keep customers happy as stock prices rise.
Securus Technologies announced its first 2016 release in updates for its secure technology, a single state-of-the-art calling platform to which all clients and customers have migrated and the strategy of investment required to constantly improve. This is mandated for our clients and confederates:
• family and friends;
• inmates; and
• corrections agencies.
CEO Richard Smith advised in the February 5, 2016 announcement that:
• (quote) “The Secure Calling Platform and ancillary platforms represent the largest single inmate phone calls platform in the world for corrections and law enforcement – we are #1 for a reason.”(end of quote)
The privately held company has made innovations in its software to increase public safety and security in corrections systems’ monitoring issues of inmate telephone communications.
Safe and Secure for Information Exchange
This software security investment makes Securus take top position of civil and criminal justice technology solutions for the country’s law enforcement and public safety markets with over 800 products. The company holds over 100 patents for its innovations in safe and secure communication monitoring software. serve:
• Over 3,450 public safety,
• law enforcement and
• corrections agencies and
• Over 1,200,000 inmate customers
Access is now available to the inmates incarcerated without the necessity of traveling or high hotel accommodation cost. These video visitations are safe and secure for:
• Payment of Inmate Phone and Other Charges
• Family visitation
• Attorney visitation conferences
Family Avoids Unexpected Calls
Family members no longer suffer haphazard communications from the inmate, as the calls and at-home video visits are scheduled in advance for a set time and date. This enables better quality inmate communication with attorney conferences as well, as the appointment for the phone conference is a legal conference appointment without any jostling with other inmates for phone access.
Requirements for Securus Video Visitation Communication
Broadband internet service must be in use by the corrections facility and by the attorney, or inmate family for the conferencing. Other requirements are:
• Simple establishment of an account with the Securus software and inmate corrections site
• Video web camera connection for interaction of web communication at both ends of inmate conference
• Definite appointment scheduled with the Securus software by the inmate corrections site.
Get the free app from Google Play here >> https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.securus.videoclient&hl=en
The expertise with which these video visitations enable the inmate to keep a satisfactory secure communication active with his family and attorney is a boost in permitting adequate and just relationships with these important individuals for fair resolution of his case.
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