Daily Archives: August 29, 2017

Contribution of Highland Capital Management, L.P. in Promoting Alternative Investment

Highland Capital Management, L.P. is an investment adviser company in the United States. Highland Capital Management, L.P. is registered and recognized by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) which is a federal agency. It is based in Dallas, Texas but with offices in New York, Singapore London, and Seoul. Currently, it manages investments worth more than $17 billion. It prides itself as one of the largest alternative investment managers in the world. Highland Capital was started by Mark Okada and James Dondero in 1993. Some of the credit strategies implemented by Highland Capital include special and distressed situation private equity, collateralized loan obligations, credit hedge funds separate accounts and long only funds. Under the alternative investments, the company engages in short and long equities, emerging markets and natural resources. Highland Capital attracts investments request from all manner of business organizations and clients. They include corporations, public pension plans, financial institutions, governments and the filthy rich individuals.

Highland Capital not only engages in high stake financial cases, they as well engage in community work. They invest in the community around the areas they have work stations. For instance, workers of Highland Capital help the members of the community they live in with advice on investments, volunteerism, and financial donations. This applies to both nonprofit organizations and local community organizations. Since its inception, it has spent millions of dollars in such activities meant to help the less privileged in the society.

One investment adviser at Highland Capital who have pushed the group to new heights is Michael Gregory. He is the chief investment officer of the group alternative investors. His work is to oversee the small-cap stock fund. Under his tenure, the equity fund almost tripled the returns of S&P 500 Index in 2016. Gregory attributes their credit competency since its inception as the reason they are ahead of competitors. In 2016 they made a lucrative investment deal in the pipeline sector when prices of oil dropped. By the end of the year, that deal contributed the biggest returns to the group. Gregory explains that other areas they are investing and will look to invest more in future are in real estate, health care, and energy sectors.

Innovation for a Safer Society from Securus Technologies

Public safety and security are becoming more and more important these days. With a growing amount of cyber threats and advancement of technology, people are more interested in companies that work for the good guys. Solving crime and crime prevention is another aspect where technology can be beneficial. Companies operating in this sector research and develop solutions that help improve public safety. Introducing modern technology in correctional facilities one of the ways to do that.

 

 

Securus Technologies is one such company. They have more than 25 years of experience working with prisons, connecting inmates to family and friends. This helps with crime prevention since it also offers inmates access to education and legal assistance when necessary.

 

 

The company started work in 1986 and worked with several other companies on the first technology solutions for security and crime prevention. They created Securus Video Visitation system which allows family members and friends as well as lawyers to create video conversations and conference calls. It allows people to connect and keep in touch, improving the chances of inmates not returning to prison after their release date. It also helps with decreasing violent activities happening within the jail walls.

 

 

The response so far is positive, and the customers showed their appreciation with positive feedback. The technology helped to secure search warrants in several separate cases because of the monitored call system. It also allowed the staff to find out about inmates using drugs and alcohol as well as selling these substances. The software is also useful when searching for stolen or missing property or gang violence, as people are not always aware of how much can be picked up from a conversation in the background.

 

 

Securus Technologies dedicate time, effort and money to make sure that prisons become safer spaces for the staff and inmates alike since it is not the most fruitful of environments and a lack of socialising does not help.