Category Archives: Cash-Strapped Consumers

Sorry Westfield but technology is not a cure-all for problems at the mall

“The talk of the death of the mall, and many bankruptcies of retailers … it’s basically because [mall owners] are not servicing their customers properly in a way that they like,” Lowy said. That’s mall operator Westfield co-CEO Steven Lowy sharing his view at the recent ShopTalk conference and while it is possible a factor that is […]

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The Thematic Opportunities of the New Retail Landscape

The Thematic Opportunities of the New Retail Landscape

In this article we see some familiar data that we’ve been posting often here at Tematica Research and on our Cocktail Investing Podcast : Between 2007 and 2016, high-income consumers (the 20% earning more than $100,000) experienced 4% growth of their disposable income, to 63% of total income. The disposable income of middle-income consumers (the […]

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Debt, Debt and More Debt

Debt, Debt and More Debt

  While U.S. Consumer credit increased less than expected in January, we are concerned with what we are seeing in consumer loans and debt in general across the world. Auto Loans With our Cash-Strapped Consumer investing theme, the average amount financed and the duration of new auto loans continues to rise – same car, bigger […]

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Inflation Rising While Wages Are Falling

Inflation Rising While Wages Are Falling

Inflation rising while hourly earnings have fallen in 5 of the past 6 months. The Fed will find it is under further pressure to hike and/or taper, which applies the brakes to any economic acceleration from tax cuts and more government spending.

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Our Scarce Resource theme once again drives food inflation 

Aside from uncovering data points that support our thematic perspective, we also like to connect the dots between our themes as well, given the potential for one theme to be a catalyst for the other. We’ve seen that in the past with droughts — a recurring aspect of our Scarce Resource theme  — and we […]

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Cash-strapped consumer want more digital coupons

In a recent Thematic Signal post, we shared that Apple (AAPL) is making in roads with Apple Pay as smartphones account for a growing percentage of digital commerce. We lamented on the lack of loyalty program support in Apple Pay, but it is becoming increasingly clear that shoppers want digital couponing. Currently there are third […]

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Bankrate findings raise questions on consumer spending

Normally here at Tematica we love to get new data, but time to time we get confirming data that puts a sour taste in our mouth. New findings from Bankrate offer support for our Cash-Strapped Consumer investing theme, and it ties with something we’ve been talking about on our Cocktail Investing podcast – rising consumer […]

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Rising consumer credit card debt to be a headwind to GDP in 2018

We are starting to get not only holiday sales results from the likes of Kohl’s (KSS) and others, but also December same-store-sales results from Tematica Investing Select List resident Costco Wholesale (COST) and its retail brethren. Thus far the results are positive and in some cases much better than expected, but when we see we […]

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