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Highland Capital Management Focuses on Philanthropy

Highland Capital Management is the successful investing firm that has the financial wisdom and investing experience to find opportunities in special situations that many overlook or write off as too exotic. They specialize in credit strategies such as credit hedge funds and collateralized loan obligations (CLOs). They are also well versed in alternative investments like emerging markets and natural resources. Their wide range of clients includes such entities as pension funds, foundations, and corporations to name several.
James Dondero is one of the co-founders of Highland Capital Management and he is also the driving force behind their growing philanthropic activities. They recently hired a Dallas civic leader to help coordinate their growing list of community causes. Linda Owen is the former President of the Woodall Rodgers Park Foundation and she will be providing a strategic direction for the philanthropic efforts of Dondero and Highland Capital.
Her role can be defined as the firm’s Charitable Giving Manager and she will work in concert with The Dallas Foundation which administers Highland Capital’s charitable giving fund. Dondero has detailed that with the growing philanthropic efforts of Highland Capital this dedicated professional will help their contributions have the greatest impact on local communities. He also cites her successful history of building alliances with public and private entities to maximize the joint efforts at improving communities.
Highland Capital Management has initiated a relationship with a strategic partner for their philanthropic causes and they are The Dallas Foundation. As their scale of giving has ramped up, they determined that they needed a philanthropic partner to maximize the effects of their giving which has grown to $3 million annually.
Dondero highlighted the Dallas Foundation’s strong network in North Texas and their success in the nonprofit community. Mary Jalonick is the President and CEO of the Dallas Foundation and along with herself employs a team of philanthropic and donor service experts. The Highland Dallas Foundation is the unique arm of the Dallas Foundation and Highland Capital’s collaboration.
An example of the types of projects that Highland Capital supports is a group called Education is Freedom and they help at-risk youth attend college by providing financial assistance.

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Bruce Bent II And The Revolutionary Money Market Fund

In a world where banks have the safest investment plans, but they offer the lowest income returns, money market funds are one of the most renowned solutions for anyone looking for a short-term investment.

Money Market Funds, or Monet Market Mutual Funds, are investments that don’t require too much planning and time invested from the person but wields a much higher percentage of return compared to creating a savings account in a bank.

They usually invest in US Treasury bills and commercial paper, but, as financial strategies progress, more Money Market Funds are born with different methods of return and different investment targets that have significant benefits.

They are great options because they attempt to reduce exposure to the maximum for their clients using their funds. They limit the losses due to credit, market, and liquidity risks. The fund is regulated by a commission named SEC, or Securities and Exchange Commission. It was created by the boom of Money Market Funds when they were initially set up in 1971.

The Bent II’s father helped established the first Money Market Mutual Fund ever created to find a solution for investors that wanted to preserve their capital with alternative investment plans other than saving in bank accounts. The idea was a success because these funds were apparently as secure as banks and offered more tax return in comparison, while also having that short-term passive income.

Bruce Bent II became a major figure in the studies of financial management.  Following his father into the financial sector Bent II becomes a strong businessman and financial expert. He studied at Northeastern University before starting his career.

Bruce Bent II  has helped find cash-related soultions and qualified plans for broker-dealers, banks, and retail marketers. Bruce Bent II currently is the CEO, President and Vice Chairman of the Double Rock Corporation, a leading cash management company that uses conventional methods to provide “innovative capital.”

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Fashion and Technology | Why They Grow Together

Technology and fashion industries have undergone a lot of transition through the years. The common thing between them is that they grow together. A glance at the two industries’ past and present advances shines a light on what lies ahead in the future.


Fashion and Music Tech


The 70s boombox enabled users to travel with their favorite tunes and listen to radio stations. It had two cassette decks that made it possible for users to play music on one side and record on the other. In the 80s, due to its continued use, the boombox was added to movie story lines thus adding to the popularity of the carrying one. The Walkman was later invented in the 90s, and ten years later the iPod was released. The popularity in which such technology grows is considered fashionable.


Synthesis of Fashion


The synthesis of fashion and technology is happening presently. Creating stylish and functional apparel is every fashion designers delight, and technology makes this possible. Technology brings a higher standard of functionality and novelty. According to Anouk Wipprecht, a Dutch designer, technology is like a playground where one experiments and gets rewarded with endless possibilities. Anouk is renowned for her experimental designs. She has created the self-painting dress called pseudomorphs and a Dare Droid (a drink-making dress).


Creating Functional Fashion Using Tech


Though it may not be fashionable to wear bike protection, Terese Alstin and Haupt created an airbag for cyclists, which pops out of a specially-designed neckwear to protect one’s head in a crash. The neckwear has good visibility of the surroundings when not opened which is advantageous over wearing a helmet. Frontline gloves, designed by Kevin Cannon and Rajan Ashwin, could offer excellent protection to firefighters. The gloves allow them to communicate through simple hand gestures.


Recycling materials are also being used by designers to come up with fabulous fashions. Inner tubes of bicycles were recycled by SegraSegra to create jackets and t-shirts. Recycled radiator coppers were employed by Emma Whiteside to come up with a beautiful gown.


Chris Burch


Chris Burch is the proprietor of Burch Creative Capital. He has been an active investor and entrepreneur across a wide range of industries for nearly forty years. His investments have played a huge role in increasing technologies and luxury brands in the United States.


Burch began his entrepreneurial career while still an undergraduate student at Ithica College. He started Eagles Eye Apparel with his brother and had grown it into a $165 million brand before they sold it. The entrepreneur believes in diversifying his investment portfolios. He has real estate investments in New York, Florida (Palm Beach), Argentina, and Indonesia (Nihiwatu). He is also philanthropic in nature with donations to numerous causes like The Sumba Foundation and NYU Langone.