Recently, the co founder of Dallas based investment firm Highland Capital talked about his investment philosophy. James Dondero has revealed his approach to making investment deals for his firm and its clients. Since his firm is one that specializes in debt based securities, he often spends a lot of time going over the potential of each type of deal. On a regular basis, Dondero looks over the debt based securities of interest and learns more about their profit potential. Along with evaluating a number of debt based securities deals, James also looks for deals that have the potential to turn around. Dondero is always seeking financial securities deals where a particular security as at a low value and then invests in it once it is determined that it will likely go up in value over time. As part of his investment philosophy, Dondero also looks to stay up to date on the latest trends in the financial securities industry.
James Dondero co founded Highland Capital Management in the year 1990. His firm was originally one that specialized in providing life insurance for consumers. During the first three years of the firm’s existence, Dondero was able to build it into one of the top firms in the industry. However, James looked to expand the firm so that it would be able to meet the needs of a number of different types of clients. As a result, Dondero made Highland Capital Management into an investment firm which provided a number of financial services to its growing client base. During the rest of the 1990’s decade, Highland Capital Management expanded in terms of services provided as well as to other areas of the world under the leadership of Dondero.
When James first started his career, he worked for a number of financial services firms. His first job was one where he worked as a credit analyst evaluating a number of credit based financial securities. Over the course of his career, Dondero would advance to higher positions which helped add to his experience. The last job he had was one as the chief investment officer. While holding this position, James would manage billions of dollars in assets for major corporations. He graduated with degrees in both accounting and finance from the University of Virginia, In his spare time, James donates to a number of charitable causes such as veteran’s affairs, public policy, healthcare, education and victims of family violence.