Category Archives: Cashless Consumption

Pain Points in Investing – Social Security Number as a case study

Pain Points in Investing – Social Security Number as a case study

Tematica’s investing strategy focuses not only on those long-term forces that generate formidable tailwinds or headwinds but also on major pain points, as solutions can generate serious value to entrepreneurs and investors alike. The problem of Social Security numbers for definitive identification is one such pain point.

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The Connected Society & Cash-Strapped Consumer increasingly weigh on publishers

The Connected Society & Cash-Strapped Consumer increasingly weigh on publishers

The publishing industry has been one of the early victims of the internet as readers shifted to online articles and publications, which altered the dynamics of the all-important advertising revenue stream and subscription dynamics. As we approach nearly two decades of internet related creative destruction, the rise of mobile usage is another thorn in the […]

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Virtual-reality shopping expands with payment capability from Mastercard and Swarovski  

Virtual-reality shopping expands with payment capability from Mastercard and Swarovski  

We’ve seen several gaming and augmented and virtual reality applications as well as some furniture based ones come to market but now we are seeing a new partnership jump into the AR/VR waters. This pairing of MasterCard and Swarovski brings our Disruptive Technologies and Cashless Consumption investment themes together as shoppers can purchase within the […]

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China and India dominate mobile payments, not the U.S.

China and India dominate mobile payments, not the U.S.

Historically speaking, the adoption of new technology has been West to East, but when it comes to mobile payments the East is clearly leading the West. This has profound implications for potential winners in the push away from cash, checks and even debit and credit card swipes that is part of our Cashless Consumption investing […]

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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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Alibaba teams with First Data to bring Alipay to the US

Alibaba teams with First Data to bring Alipay to the US

  Alipay, a third-party mobile and online payment platform developed by Alibaba (BABA), is  teaming with First Data Corp. (FDC) tells that not only is our Cashless Consumption theme heating up in general, but the greater adoption of Cashless Consumption products and services outside the US likely means more international players than many a U.S. centric […]

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WEEKLY ISSUE: Thematic Tailwinds Blow Strong, Even as Market Fundamentals Bring Concern

WEEKLY ISSUE: Thematic Tailwinds Blow Strong, Even as Market Fundamentals Bring Concern

Even though our concerns over the underlying fundamentals of the market remain — especially amidst this most recent rebound — thematic tailwinds continue to propel several of our positions on the Tematica Select List, particularly those tailwinds for the Cash-Strapped Consumer and Connected Society investment themes.

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Exiting two positions, adding a new one and sticking with Amazon and Home Depot

Exiting two positions, adding a new one and sticking with Amazon and Home Depot

With the Labor Day holiday behind us, things are picking up this September and it’s no rest for the weary as we make several moves on the Tematica Options+ Select List

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Barclays combines Disruptive Technologies with Cashless Consumption for voice payments

Barclays combines Disruptive Technologies with Cashless Consumption for voice payments

Several quarters ago we shared our view that after capacitive touch, voice would be the next interface to watch. We’ve seen adoption growth in smartphones with Apple (AAPL) and Siri, Microsoft (MSFT) and Cortana, and then in intelligent speakers like Amazon’s (AMZN) Alexa powered Echo products. We’ve even read about licensing deals between Amazon and […]

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