Highland Capital Management is proud to call James Dondero their president and co-founder. Dondero, who currently lives in Dallas, TX, has over three decades of experience working in both the credit and the equity markets. He has a main focus on both high-yield investing and distressed investing, which can be very lucrative for people who are experienced in this sector.
Since 1993, Highland Capital Management has always been a leading company in developing the Collateralized Loan Obligation market, and also a company that stays ahead of the game in the development of credit oriented solutions. They do this for both retail and institutional investors around the world. Some of Highland Capital’s product offerings are institutional separate accounts, Collateralized Loan Obligations (as previously mentioned), hedge funds, private equity funds, mutual funds, real estate investment trusts, and exchange traded funds. Mr. Dondero’s experience and expertise in the financial markets has led him to become a pioneer in this industry.
HCM’s philosophy and investment approach when it comes to credit is to create consistent returns that are above average. They do this by applying familiar principles of investing. They also believe in preserving capital while they are also aiming for an appropriate amount of risk and return on their portfolios. They focus on strategies that they feel they can use to add much value to their clients by providing pioneering expertise and a high level of skill to any process of investment.
Their 20 years of investment experience has helped Highland Capital Management refine their strategies to be able to continue to improve. Strong communication between the research professionals, the portfolio managers, and the CIO are a vital part of their success. They use core analysis to identify when funds are not priced correctly. They also monitor markets very closely. Their team includes only research professionals who are focused on the financial industry. These professionals review current investments, evaluate opportunities, and monitoring trends in the financial world.
James Dondero on jimdondero.com holds several chairman positions, due to the respect he has in the world of finance. He is chairman of Cornerstone Healthcare, CCS Medical (a medical supply company), and Nexbank, which is located in Texas. Additionally, Dondero serves on the board of American Banknote, which is a global engraver of national currency and stamps, and MGM Studios.
Mr. Dondero is also a philanthropist. He supports foundations involved in education, veteran’s affairs, as well as public policy. Before working at Highland Capital, Mr. Dondero was an Investment Research and Corporate Bond Analyst, moving on to be a Portfolio Manager at the credit card company, American Express. Prior to beginning his professional life, Dondero received highest honors from the University of Virginia at the McIntire Business school, majoring in both accounting and finance. Dondero holds both the titles of CFA and CMA.