Investing in Emerging Markets

As CEO of IPoint Capital Partners, a company that provides private equity services and asset management, Hilt Tatum IV uses his extensive financial expertise to make sound investment decisions. Among Hilt Tatum IV’s areas of focus is pursing investment opportunities in emerging markets.

Developed countries are not those driving the worldwide economy; developing nations are. These countries, which are industrializing quickly, provide many opportunities for a smart investor to earn strong returns. Currently, the emerging markets that are most attractive to investors around the world are in Latin America, as well as in parts of Africa, the Middle East, and Asia.

Though large profits are possible in these markets, investors need to be aware of special risks of investing in these regions. Typically, emerging markets have less regulation than established markets, as well as lower liquidity. There is also increased risk of inflation and political instability. Investing in emerging markets can be a great move, but it requires a sound strategy.


The American Red Cross Provides Assistance in Vanuatu Following Storm

With years of private equity and venture capital experience, Hilt Tatum IV manages iPoint Capital Partners as the Panama City, Panama-based firm’s chief executive officer. Also an active philanthropist, Hilt Tatum IV shares his resources with service organizations such as the American Red Cross.

The American Red Cross recently announced that it has sent a disaster specialist to Vanuatu to assess the damage left in the wake of Tropical Cyclone Pam, which was one of the strongest storms to hit the South Pacific island nation in a number of years. The category 5 storm brought over 9 inches of rain and hurricane-force winds of more than 150 mph to Vanuatu’s capital.

Houses throughout the country have been damaged or destroyed, and thousands of people have been left without shelter, food, water, and health resources. An American Red Cross contribution of $100,000 will help the organization’s disaster specialist, Daniel Joseph, as he works closely with the Vanuatu Red Cross to provide a range of assistance services to those affected by the storm.

Lifesaving Training with the American Red Cross

Hilt Tatum IV currently functions as the president and CEO of Panama City, Panama-based iPoint Capital Partners, an investment firm operating in the areas of private equity and venture capital investment. When not leading the firm, Hilt Tatum IV contributes to international charities like Save the Children and the American Red Cross (ARC).

Individuals interested in expanding their lifesaving skills should consider taking one or more classes with the ARC. By visiting, an individual can enter his or her address and find nearby Red Cross classes in first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and the use of automated external defibrillator equipment.

Receiving training in these areas with the ARC will ensure that individuals are being instructed under the latest recognized training practices and scientific techniques, all of which adhere to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Best Practices for Workplace First Aid Training Programs. The ARC also emphasizes hands-on training throughout a lifesaving course, giving individuals the experience they need to perform adequately in an actual lifesaving situation. Completion of an ARC program will result in a two-year certification that comes with online renewal opportunities at no additional cost.

What Do Private Equity Firms Do?

As the CEO of iPoint Capital Partners, Hilt Tatum IV oversees venture capital and private equity investments by the company. Over the course of his career, Hilt Tatum IV has started more than 20 businesses and helped his company establish financial footholds on four continents.

Institutions and high-net-worth individuals often turn to private equity firms to help them manage their money and earn good returns. After raising funds from multiple parties, private equity firms invest in companies whose shares are traded privately, or they buy out publicly traded companies and take them private.

Each private equity firm has two major tasks: conducting deals and overseeing a portfolio of companies. Firms often cultivate relationships with other players in the financial industry, like investment banks and merger-and-acquisitions attorneys, who help them identify potential deals. Once they have invested in a company, the firms tend to take an active role in helping them succeed. Private equity firms may introduce new best practices or business systems to help their portfolio companies improve their performance and realize their full potential.

Save the Children in Latin America

Outside of his duties as the CEO of iPoint Capital Partners, Hilt Tatum IV works with a number of charities operating in Latin America. In addition to contributing to the Red Cross and the Children of Darien (Panama) Foundation, Hilt Tatum IV provides support to Save the Children.

Save the Children seeks to protect kids and provide them with a healthy start to their lives. In Latin America, the nonprofit organization has served children in countries ranging from Bolivia to Guatemala for decades, helping thousands of the poorest children in the world with food security, primary education, nutrition, and more.

The Latin American countries that Save the Children serves receive funding and programs suited to their needs. In Bolivia, the nonprofit has worked to address rainy-season disasters and infant mortality. In Honduras, it runs a food-security initiative as well as education programs in conjunction with communities and local governments. In Nicaragua, it trains teachers and community health workers to bring childhood health care and education to rural communities. To learn more, visit Save the Children online at

Private Equity Industry Expansion Leads to Higher Salaries

Panamanian entrepreneur Hilt Tatum IV is the president of iPoint Capital Partners, a venture capital and wealth management business he cofounded in 2006. Consulting services provided by Hilt Tatum IV and his company focus on private equity, real estate developments, asset management, and tax planning.

The private equity industry has enjoyed significant expansion over the past few years, according to Collar Capital’s Michael Schad, an investor in the secondary private equity market. With industry expansion comes increased private equity investment and co-investment in asset class, as well as higher wages for employees working within the sector.

Limited partnership employees are being recruited from other limited partnerships as well as alternative asset management firms, investment banks, and private equity firms. Klaus Ruhne of ATP Private Equity Partners predicts that the increase in limited partnership remuneration should result in a more sensible and consistent limited partnership organization as well as a more intelligent deployment of capital overall.

Save the Children’s Annual Illumination Gala

Hilt Tatum IV has served as chief executive officer of iPoint Capital Partners in Panama City, Panama, since he founded the company in 2006. Outside of his professional activities, Hilt Tatum supports a number of charitable organizations, including Save the Children, a nonprofit that assists children in 120 countries worldwide.

Save the Children recently held the 2nd Annual Save the Children Illumination Gala on November 19, 2014, at the Plaza Hotel in New York City. The annual gala gives recognition to several guests of honor and helps raise much-needed funds for Save the Children’s work in the areas of early childhood education and maternity, newborn, and child care.

This year’s event was hosted by Jennifer Garner and included a performance by Grammy Award-winning vocalist Trisha Yearwood. In addition to Garner and Yearwood, a number of honored guests were in attendance, including Tony Blair, Austin Hearst, and Ben Affleck, who received the Global Child Advocate Award for his charitable efforts in eastern Congo. The gala also marked the beginning of Save the Children’s new $10 million global partnership with Johnson & Johnson, which presented the evening’s activities.