Author Archives: Chris Versace, Chief Investment Officer

About Chris Versace, Chief Investment Officer

I'm the Chief Investment Officer of Tematica Research and editor of Tematica Investing newsletter. All of that capitalizes on my near 20 years in the investment industry, nearly all of it breaking down industries and recommending stocks. In that time, I've been ranked an All Star Analyst by Zacks Investment Research and my efforts in analyzing industries, companies and equities have been recognized by both Institutional Investor and Thomson Reuters’ StarMine Monitor. In my travels, I've covered cyclicals, tech and more, which gives me a different vantage point, one that uses not only an ecosystem or food chain perspective, but one that also examines demographics, economics, psychographics and more when formulating my investment views. The question I most often get is "Are you related to…."
Disney’s ESPN Streaming Service Surpasses One Million Subscribers

Disney’s ESPN Streaming Service Surpasses One Million Subscribers

Over the last several quarters, one of the few blemishes to be had with Disney has been ESPN as chord cutters moved away from the sports programming behemoth. While it took some time for Disney to get its digital offering together, which included some headcount pruning and other cost-saving measures, this past April it launched […]

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Amazon announcing Alexa-enabled hardware products including new security

Amazon announcing Alexa-enabled hardware products including new security

Last week all eyes were on Apple and Fall 2018 new model iPhone launch and this week Amazon is taking the new product spotlight as it announces a number of new Echo products and others that include its digital assistant, Alexa. These products confirm that our view several years ago that voice would be the […]

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Luxury car company Aston Martin taps the IPO market

Luxury car company Aston Martin taps the IPO market

There are many cars on the roads today, but one iconic car company that counts famous movie spy James Bond as a customer is going public. That’s right, well known expensive sports car company Aston Marton is selling shares to the public joining Ferrari as one of the pure-play publicly traded companies that focus on higher […]

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Mastercard Files More Blockchain Patent Apps 

Mastercard Files More Blockchain Patent Apps 

There has been much talk this year about the rapid rise and fall of Bitcoin. We here at Tematica have long said the far more interesting disruptor is Blockchain, and as Bitcoin has fallen hard in recent weeks, we’ve seen a flurry of renewed news flow for blockchain, including a growing number of patent filings […]

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Cannabis-infused beverages catch growing attention, including Coca-Cola’s

Cannabis-infused beverages catch growing attention, including Coca-Cola’s

Cannabis is catching a lot of attention this week following the news that even Coca-Cola is considering cannabis-infused drinks. While Coca-Cola isn’t the first company to consider tapping into the increasingly legal market, much like the tobacco company Altria (MO), home of Marlboro cigarettes, it is facing a waning market for its core sugary and […]

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JP Morgan’s Jamie Dimon says cyber is the biggest vulnerability the financial system

JP Morgan’s Jamie Dimon says cyber is the biggest vulnerability the financial system

When Jamie Dimon, CEO of JPMorgan Chase one of the largest banking entities, speaks investors and the markets tend to listen and digest what he is saying. This week, Dimon reminded that cybersecurity, one of the tentpoles of our Safety & Security investing theme, is an area that individuals, institutions and the government need to […]

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Amazon eyes up to 3,000 cashierless stores by 2021

Amazon eyes up to 3,000 cashierless stores by 2021

If you’ve been in a checkout line – either one with a cashier or a self-checkout one – you’ve probably experienced the hassle of waiting in line, sometimes for what may seem like forever if coupons, checkbooks and the like are being fished for. One of the successful strategies employed by Amazon is its ability […]

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Building on the Thematic Leaders with a call position in this Disruptive Innovator company

Building on the Thematic Leaders with a call position in this Disruptive Innovator company

Over the last few days we were stopped out of two call options positions, but we are adding a new one for Universal Display to the fold that includes last week’s addition of Altria calls

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Introducing The Thematic Leaders

Introducing The Thematic Leaders

Following the recasting of our investing themes over the last several, we are introducing The Thematic Leaders, which crystallize and embody their respective thematic tailwinds.

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Adding more Del Frisco’s to our plate following several bullish data points

Adding more Del Frisco’s to our plate following several bullish data points

Following several bullish data points from last week, including ones found in the August Retail Sales report, we are adding to our position in Del Frisco’s Restaurant Group (DFRG). The August Retail Sales report was also positive for our Amazon, UPS, Costco Wholesale and McCormick & Co. shares.

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