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 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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EP. 86 Major Market Disruptions and What Everyone is Missing

EP. 86 Major Market Disruptions and What Everyone is Missing

This week on the Cocktail Investing podcast our resident mixologists – Chris Versace, Tematica Research’s Chief Investment Officer and Lenore Hawkins, Tematica Research’s Chief Macro Strategist – talk about major changes underfoot in the equity and bond markets as well as the major macro factors that are likely to impact investors in the months ahead.

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EP 84. September quarter earnings – we told you so and now hear what’s next.

EP 84. September quarter earnings – we told you so and now hear what’s next.

    During August and September, Tematica’s resident mixologists, Lenore Hawkins and Chris Versace, shared their views and convictions surrounding the risks to be ha with the current September quarter earnings season and corporate guidance. As we’ve seen in the last few weeks, those concerns were well founded. In this episode of the Cocktail Investing […]

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A Thematic Review of the September Retail Sales Report – Cocktail Investing Podcast

A Thematic Review of the September Retail Sales Report – Cocktail Investing Podcast

  On this week’s podcast, Tematica’s mixologists, Lenore Hawkins and Chris Versace, take a thematic deep dive on the September Retail Sales Report. With the consumer directly or indirectly accounting for nearly two-thirds of the domestic economy and the average consumer spending 31% of his or her paycheck on retails goods, this monthly report is […]

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Shifts in Investor Sentiment Lead to Big Pain in the Markets

Shifts in Investor Sentiment Lead to Big Pain in the Markets

The recent shifts in investor sentiment that led to some big pain this week in the US stock market are the key focus for this week’s episode of the Cocktail Investing Podcast. Hosts Chris Versace and Lenore Hawkins trace the impetus for the recent moves back to the data and comments they shared several weeks ago with listeners of the podcast and in their Tematica Research writings.

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