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.
Has Amazon Made the Acquisition That Spells the End for Clothing Retailers?

Has Amazon Made the Acquisition That Spells the End for Clothing Retailers?

Co-Hosts Chris Versace and Lenore Hawkins assess the impact of Amazon’s acquisition of Body Labs and Chris challenges Lenore as to whether this could be the tipping point for Amazon to make significant inroads in apparel sales.  Hint: there is one more piece of the puzzle Lenore thinks Amazon needs to add.

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Cocktail Investing Ep: 36: A year of record stock market highs in the midst of social lows

Cocktail Investing Ep: 36: A year of record stock market highs in the midst of social lows

What do rising margin debt, low volatility and holiday shopping forecasts mean for stocks? This week, Tematica’s investing mixologists Chris Versace and Lenore Hawkins discuss the impact of the twin hurricanes on the economic data coming in, with another potentially on the way, and the fallout from the horrific event in Las Vegas.

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Cocktail Investing Ep 35 – Talking the what and why of self-driving cars with Audi

Cocktail Investing Ep 35 – Talking the what and why of self-driving cars with Audi

Download this special episode of Cocktail Investing, an in-depth conversation with Brad Stertz, Director of Government Affairs at Audi. Brad puts some context and understanding around the issues and developments surrounding the self-driving car market as well as the far-reaching impact this revolution will have beyond just the automotive sector. Audi is at the center of Volkswagen’s expertise for autonomous cars, an area it’s been focused on for more than a decade, and Brad has been there for most of it.

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The Tematica take on Fed hikes, balance sheet contraction and other works of creative fiction

The Tematica take on Fed hikes, balance sheet contraction and other works of creative fiction

The market reaction to the FOMC statement is that it was more hawkish than what had already been priced in. While the market was priced at a 50/50 chance for a rate hike before the end of the year, the now infamous dot-plot shows that 12 of the 16 members expect one more hike this year, with one expecting two.

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COCKTAIL INVESTING: Panera Challenges McD’s, Apple Watch flubs, and the SEC gets hacked

COCKTAIL INVESTING: Panera Challenges McD’s, Apple Watch flubs, and the SEC gets hacked

What’s the story behind Panera Bread CEO Ron Shaich challenging McDonald’s, Wendy’s and other fast food companies? The answer ties into our Food with Integrity investing theme and if you’ve seen the documentary Super Size Me you can guess where this is going. You can practically see Lenore roll her eyes at the response from McDonald’s.

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The Early Innings of Cryptocurrencies: A Special Excerpt from Cocktail Investing

The Early Innings of Cryptocurrencies: A Special Excerpt from Cocktail Investing

In this special excerpt from Episode 33 of the Cocktail Investing Podcast, Lenore Hawkins discusses that while JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon is likening Bitcoin to the Dutch tulip bulbs bubble in the 1600’s, the reality is we are just in the early innings of cryptocurrencies.

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COCKTAIL INVESTING: Apple’s Lame Event, Euro Junk Bonds, Cryptocurrencies, NFL Comes to Amazon

COCKTAIL INVESTING: Apple’s Lame Event, Euro Junk Bonds, Cryptocurrencies, NFL Comes to Amazon

We knew Apple’s special event this week was headed downhill fast when the first thing mentioned about the new iPhone was the pretty colors it would come in. This week in Cocktail Investing we share our takeaways and insights for that event, as well as for the latest economic data and thematic signals that are the backbone of our thematic investing lens.

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Something more than Harvey and Irma have Goldman Sach’s CEO “unnerved” about the current stock market?

Something more than Harvey and Irma have Goldman Sach’s CEO “unnerved” about the current stock market?

Goldman Sachs CEO shares his view the current stock market is unnerving, and we explain why he probably things that.

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As a flurry of activity hits this week, all eyes will still be on Apple

As a flurry of activity hits this week, all eyes will still be on Apple

As we look back at the events and data that unfolded last week, what we come away with is the continued unfolding of evidence that we are facing a slower than previously thought economy, with political uncertainty running at an all-time high, all as we head into September, one of the most tumultuous months for stocks. As we’ve long suspected, earnings expectations for the second half of the year are coming down, and in our view, once investors and businesses are back to work after the Labor Day holiday, upcoming investor conferences will set the tone of the market for the coming months.

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