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…."
Even theme parks are spending millions on Wi-Fi to connect guests

Even theme parks are spending millions on Wi-Fi to connect guests

If we needed any confirmation that aspects of our Digital Lifestyle investing theme are bleeding over into in-person fun, here it is – theme parks are adding free Wi-Fi. Now, in some cases, it may be to stream videos, but more likely it’s to access maps, schedules, and tickets that one finds inside a theme park’s […]

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Holograms are changing how doctors learn

Holograms are changing how doctors learn

  There is only so much one can learn from a two-dimensional book, and that is prompting the use of holograms, one of the technologies inside our Disruptive Technologies investing theme, in educational settings. Given the many systems and their inner workings inside the human body, holograms are a natural fit with medicine, and in […]

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Fortnite’s $1 billion revenue reveals where gaming is headed

Fortnite’s $1 billion revenue reveals where gaming is headed

The knee-jerk reaction when it comes to the fall of broadcast content is streaming service from Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, and others. While that is certainly putting a world of hurt on broadcasters and forcing advertisers to rethink where to spend their advertising dollars, it would be a mistake to overlook the growing influence that gaming-related […]

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Facing the pain of rising health care costs of an aging population

Facing the pain of rising health care costs of an aging population

There are several downsides to our Aging of the Population investing theme, one of which centers on the rising cost associated with aging associated with healthcare. As this new report from Vanguard Group shows, there that cost balloons as we live longer and longer and that poses a savings and investment pain point for us […]

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Finally, the painful car buying process gets disrupted

Finally, the painful car buying process gets disrupted

If you’ve purchased a new or used car, then you know the pain associated with the process and what a time suck it is. Even after all the research, there is the customary back and forth with the salesperson and his or her manager to haggle out a deal BEFORE you get to the financing […]

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Amazon shares some Prime Day results, Bullish 5G comments from Ericsson

Amazon shares some Prime Day results, Bullish 5G comments from Ericsson

As the dust settles on Prime Day 2018, Amazon (AMZN) shares some positive data points that bode well for our United Parcel Service (UPS) shares, while Ericsson offers reaffirming comments on 5G that solidify our view on Dycom (DY), AXT (AXTI) and Nokia (NOK) shares.

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Weekly Issue: Adding Two New Positions As We Pass the Summer Doldrums

Weekly Issue: Adding Two New Positions As We Pass the Summer Doldrums

We are adding two new call options to the Tematica Options+ Select List this week – one in Netflix and the other in Dycom. The Netflix add follows a pullback in the shares following the 2Q 2018 earnings report, while the Dycom one follows bullish North American 5G comments from Ericsson.

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Weekly Issue: Amazon Prime Day, Netflix Earnings, Controversy at Farmland Partners and June Retail Sales

Weekly Issue: Amazon Prime Day, Netflix Earnings, Controversy at Farmland Partners and June Retail Sales

As we get ready to drink from the earnings fire hose later this week, we share our thoughts not only the overall market but also on Amazon’s 2018 Prime Day, Netflix 2Q 2018 earnings report, what happened with Farmland Partners last week and how the June Retail Sales Report was a positive for our Habit Restaurant and Costco Wholesale shares.

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Adding this Streaming Media Company to the Select List

Adding this Streaming Media Company to the Select List

We’ve recently recasted our Middle Class Squeeze and New Middle Class investing themes, which entailed splitting a few themes apart and reconstituting them to make them clearer and more focused. Today, we’re combining Connected Society, Content is King and Cashless Consumption to form our Digital Lifestyle investing theme, which reflects consumers’ existing and increasingly digital footprint and making a key addition to the Tematica Investing Select List along the way.

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Tematica’s Recast New Middle Class Investing Theme

Tematica’s Recast New Middle Class Investing Theme

As part of constantly revisiting and testing our investing themes, from time to time we will make changes and enhancement to them. As part of that ongoing effort, we recently re-cast part of our Rise & Fall of the Middle Class investing theme. That move left Rise of the New Middle Class, which we’ve shortened to the New Middle Class and focuses on areas around the world, notably China and India, but other emerging markets as well where rising disposable incomes are driving demand for a host of products and services.

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