Howard I. Fischer is co-founder and chief evangelist of Gratitude Railroad. He is also the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Basso Capital Management, L.P. a convertible securities hedge fund management company. Additionally, Mr. Fischer serves as Chairman of the Investment Committee where he is responsible for strategy allocation and risk management, as well as portfolio manager for the firm’s dedicated SPAC fund.
Previously, Mr. Fischer was the senior trader and co-head of the institutional convertible trading desk at Smith Barney with primary responsibilities in market making, new-issue pricing and proprietary trading. Before Smith Barney, Mr. Fischer was a convertible trader at Drexel Burnham and at Cohen Feit & Company. Prior to his trading career, Mr. Fischer was a Certified Public Accountant in both public and private practice.
Mr. Fischer serves as the CFO of the Board of Trustees of the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA)
He also serves on the Boards of Directors of Innovation in Action/the Center for Entrepreneurship and DoneGood.DoneGood is a mobile app that makes it easy to go green, shop organic, buy local, support workers and more. He holds a B.S.E. in Accounting and Finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and was a fellow in the Advanced Leadership Initiative at Harvard University.
The world faces many challenges, and I believe we need to work with what we have to effectively address them. What we have today is capitalism. What if we could successfully address global challenges with capitalism, rather than a revolution? What if, instead, we peacefully shifted to a new state of knowledge and awareness? This is happening. And it starts with taking ownership, and being acutely aware of our thoughts, words and actions. We know that every action has an equal and opposite reaction. In capitalism – every dollar has an impact.
When business leaders, investors, consumers, innovators, policy makers, sales people, entrepreneurs, NGOs, and every single one of us begins to truly think consciously about the power of money and how we engage this power, “impact investing” will finally be called “investing.” Capital is a potent tool, and we are all connected by it and through it. Today the world is too connected to ignore this truth. Even when making small shifts of heightened awareness, the subsequent action leads to great results.
Gratitude Railroad brings together elite, seasoned, successful investors and business leaders who work to solve major global challenges mindfully and without sacrificing the bottom line. It is also a supportive investment community. We need this level of intention, investment acumen, business know-how and knowledge-sharing to fully shift capitalism toward the conscious.