Author Archives: Lenore Hawkins & Chris Versace

About Lenore Hawkins & Chris Versace

Lenore Hawkins serves as the Chief Macro Strategist for Tematica Research. With over 20 years of experience in finance, strategic planning, risk management, asset valuation and operations optimization, her focus is primarily on macroeconomic influences and identification of those long-term themes that create investing headwinds or tailwinds. Chris Versace is Tematica's Chief Investment Officer and editor of Tematica Investing newsletter. All of that capitalizes on his near 20 years in the investment industry, nearly all of it breaking down industries and recommending stocks.
Ep. 95: Short Selling Anyone

Ep. 95: Short Selling Anyone

While some issues that plagued the market towards the end of 2018 have rolled back, one, in particular, hasn’t and it’s one investors use to not only value stocks but determine which ones they are willing to pay up for. Plus Thematic Signals from Apple, Netflix, Amazon, Facebook, PepsiCo, Hershey and Proctor & Gamble.

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Ep 94: Why Netflix Should Be Afraid of Fortnite

Ep 94: Why Netflix Should Be Afraid of Fortnite

Thematic signals for this week span our Digital Lifestyle investing theme as we explain why we think Netflix (NFLX) is right to be scared of not Hulu but Fortnite. Our Digital Lifestyle theme meshes with Aging of the Population as the use of sensors and other technologies are being used to keep tabs and assist our aging loved ones. Beer may be a shrinking Guilty Pleasure of choice in the US as consumers continue to flock to wine and other alternatives.

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Ep 93: Thematic Signals and the Start of 4Q 2018 Earnings Season

Ep 93: Thematic Signals and the Start of 4Q 2018 Earnings Season

The 4Q 2018 earnings season has begun and thus far we’ve had a number of high profile companies, including Apple (AAPL), Samsung, Ford (F), Sherwin Williams (SHW), and Macy’s (M), preannounce weaker than expected results for the quarter. This follows the continued flow of economic data pointing to a slowing global economy. All of this makes for a tenuous earnings season as the velocity of those reports kicks into high gear over the next few weeks.

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Ep 91: A look back at 2018 and what it means for the start of 2019

Ep 91: A look back at 2018 and what it means for the start of 2019

With roughly a handful of trading days left in 2018, Tematica’s mixologists, Lenore Hawkins and Chris Versace, trace back some of the pivotal events of the last year that have been the primary drivers behind where the global economy, geo-political tensions, and the stock market are today. The issues that have plagued the market over the last several months are likely to do so as we close the books on 2018 and get ready for the upcoming December quarter earnings season.

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Ep 90: Brexit and the EU

Ep 90: Brexit and the EU

This week Lenore Hawkins speaks with Marco Caneva on how Brexit affects the economy of the UK and the European Union in ways in which many do not realize, creating major headwinds to both economies and exacerbating the Middle Class Squeeze, one of Tematica Research’s investing themes. They also discuss how the European Central Bank’s zero and negative interest rate policies (ZIRP and NIRP) have affect investors, businesses and the economy.

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Ep 89: 3D shopping will change everything about how we buy

Ep 89: 3D shopping will change everything about how we buy

As we head into the depths of the holiday shopping season, we enjoyed an incredible conversation with Beck Besecker is the co-founder and CEO of Marxent. Founded 2011, Marxent’s 3D technology solutions that leverage virtual reality and augmented reality are disrupting how consumers shop.

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EP 88 – Digital Shopping Reigns Supreme While Powell Fools the Market

EP 88 – Digital Shopping Reigns Supreme While Powell Fools the Market

On this week’s Cocktail Investing Podcast, Tematica’s Lenore Hawkins and Chris Versace center not only on the rash of holiday shopping data coming out of the Thanksgiving to Cyber Monday period but also discuss Fed Chairman Powell’s “near neutral” comment on interest rates. That comment led the stock market to rip higher, offering relief to beleaguered investors that saw the majority of 2018 gains for the domestic stock market wiped out in recent weeks. But… you knew there was a but coming… the reasons behind that shift in tone as well as other risks mean we are not out of the woods just yet.

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Thematic Investing, A Safe Harbor for Today’s Turbulent Market

Thematic Investing, A Safe Harbor for Today’s Turbulent Market

Amid what is supposed to be relatively quiet Thanksgiving holiday week for the stock market and investors, the trials and tribulations of the last few weeks have continued focusing rather intently on the technology sector these last few days. Amid the sea of red, the questions most investors are asking are – What is going on? What do I do next?

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