Charles Koch is an interesting figure in the political landscape. Koch’s name is known to many people for his support of free market capitalism and other conservative-libertarian policies. When an interview with one of Koch’s spokesmen was reprinted by Newsweek, some have suggested that Koch may very well be a “closet liberal”. Koch does have liberal leanings towards certain policies. One area of interest to Koch is the left-leaning cause of criminal justice reform.
Proponents of criminal justice reform such as the ACLU note that many people are serving serious prison terms despite having committed nonviolent crimes. Other organizations have noted the huge cost on taxpayers for keeping people who really are not a violent threat to anyone in prison for long stretches. There are many different ways in which serious work on criminal justice reform can be enacted. Right now, those with a high profile are trying to raise awareness about the cause. Charles Koch
is one such person.
Charles Koch generally does not speak to the media. He invests an enormous amount of time running Koch Industries, a multi-billion dollar entity that is engaged in many different sectors of the economy. Koch inherited the company from his father and has managed it quite well.
Koch also invests a great deal of his personal fortune on charitable and political causes. Criminal justice reform seems to be a cause he has a great deal of interest in promoting.
Recently, Koch has increased his media appearances and discussed the 2016 GOP primary and also offered advice for budding entrepreneurs. Perhaps he will soon start speaking more and more about criminal justice reforms and other liberal-leaning causes soon.
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On Friday, the U.S. stocks closed on a more positive note, recording higher figures for the first week in the month. This is courtesy of the recovery in oil that has recorded lows as well as hopes of stimulus in overseas. The S&P 500 is said to have closed 2% higher, which is well above the 1,900 level. The energy on the other hand gained 4.3%, leading at all sectors. Oil reached 32 dollars, which means that it settled at the highest value since January 8.
The president of EverBank World Markets Chris Gaffney said that he thinks the results were due to oil. He pointed out that they were able to continue rallying in oil to have it stop falling but come back up. This led to equity investors trying the market again.
The Dow Jones also closed up higher, reaching 210 points more above 16,000. The most gains were contributed by Goldman Sachs and Apple. Apple jumped 5.3 percent after investors were recommended to buy shares by Pipper Jaffray, who asked them to do it before the coming earning report. He said that the stock could go up 50% because of the iPhone 7 launch presumed to happen in September.
James Dondero is the president and the co-founder of Highland Capital Investment
. He has over 3 decades of experience
and extensive skills in equity and credit markets. He focuses on
high-yield, distressing investments. Highland Capital, which Jim leads
, has been on the forefront in the development of CLO (Collateralized Loan Obligation) market as well as developing credit-oriented solutions for both retail and institutional investors globally. Some of the products the firm offers include ETFs, REITs, mutual funds, private equity funds and hedge funds.
Jim Dondero is also the chair or Nexbank
, CCS Medical and Cornerstone Healthcare, and also serves as one of the MGM Studios’ and American Banknote’s board members. He is active in philanthropic activities
, supporting initiatives in public policy, veteran’s affairs and education. In the past he has helped in building GIC subsidiary between 1993 and 1989 and served as the American Express’ manager. Follow Jim on Twitter
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Forefront Income Trust CEO Brad Reifler is an entrepreneur and financial guru. Brad was born and raised in America. He attended Bowdoin College to pursue a degree in Economics and political science. Over the years, Brad was CEO and founder of many companies. Therefore, it’s no surprise that with over 30 years’ experience in the financial world, and Reifler is among the best in the business.
After graduating from Bowdoin in 1982 as Wikipedia shows, Mr. Reifler started his first company Reifler Trading Company. Reifler trading company specialized in global derivatives and execution and the company was so impressive that it was later acquired by Refco in 2000.Brad was also a trader at Refco. While at Refco his fields of expertise included sales and execution of global derivatives, creating custom investment programs for clients and foreign exchange.
After selling Reifler Trading Company, Brad went on to start another company; Pali capital, global financial services firm. PaIi Capital was the highlight of his career in finance. The company flourished with him as both Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. He made over $700 million worth of profits in his 13-year tenure as CEO and was able to expand the company to Australia and the UK .Mr. Reifler also served as senior managing director at Pali Capital Inc.
Brad continued to excel in finance by Co-founding Forefront Management Group and its subsidiaries like Forefront Income Trust in 2009.He has been the CEO of forefront ever since. Brad also serves as an advisor at Forefront Group which specializes in providing expert advice to forex and commodity traders. Brad emphasizes that everyone can join the investment world by just putting away a little money for their future .Mr. Reifler continues to support investment in the community by helping them attain financial freedom in every possible way with his freely given tips.
Mr. Reifler also serves as a director of ITG market research and is a director at Symmetry Property Development LLC and serves on multiple boards and advisory committees like Foresight Research Solution among others. Brad can be found on Twitter where he offers even more information.
Attorney and capital strategist Sam Tabar is known for his skills and knowledge in investment banking. The Oxford graduate is an American native and currently lives in New York City. He attended Oxford to study bachelors in arts and later Columbia law school. While at Columbia Sam was the associate editor of Colombia business law review. He graduated from Columbia in 2001 and joined one of the World’s most prominent law firms; Skadden, Arps, Slater, Meagher & Flom LLP as an associate.
While at Skadden, Mr. Tabar excelled in his field of expertise. He provided legal counsel to hedge fund clients on formation and structure, investment management agreements, private placement memoranda, side letters, employment issues and compliance issues. With all this knowledge in finance and investment banking, it’s no surprise therefore that Sam left the firm in 2004 to join the world of finance. He joined PMA Investment Advisors a unit of Sparx group Co based in Hong Kong.
Sam continued to shine at PMA as counsel and was soon after promoted to Managing Director and Co-head of business development. While at PMA, Sam managed and worked on all matters involving marketing and investor relations for a $2 billion hedge fund. He also presided over and designed a strategic marketing plan for the firm that targeted institutional investors, major clients, and potential investors. During his tenure at the firm he was able to provide the company with a personal Rolodex if over 2000 potential investors and also more than 400 additional investor introductions. Sam also assisted the firm in raising $1.2 in assets during his time at the firm. He left the company to join Bank of America Merrill Lynch in February 2011 as a Director and the Head of Capital Strategy for the Asia Pacific region.
At Merrill, Sam provided counsel to hedge fund clients and also targeted concise introductions to investors’ .Mr. Tabar also assisted and managed capital allocations between firm managers and investors. Sam left the firm in 2012 to serve as Adanac LLC director.
In 2013, Sam left his finance career and rejoined the legal world. He joined the Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP. As the senior associate, catering to dodge funds. He also provided services in private placement memoranda, side letters, memoranda’s, and employment and compliance issues. Sam left the firm in 2014.
Mr. Tabar has continued to advise people on investments in his current role at FullCycle Fund. According to Tabar, private investments like his most recent one, THNX are more reliable. THNX manufactures innerwear and with every purchase they donate sanitary towels to women in Africa and America that cannot afford them. He’s also started his own charitable initiative, via Sam Tabar’s GoFundMe page.