Category Archives: Econ. Acceleration / Deceleration

US Housing market plauged by lack of housing supply and capable buyers as prices climb

US Housing market plauged by lack of housing supply and capable buyers as prices climb

Tematica’s Chief Macro Strategist Lenore Hawkins has been rather vocal on the two issues hitting the domestic housing market – a lack of supply and escalating prices that are shrinking the pool of potential buyers. While one would think homebuilders would respond with more affordable housing, they are also contending with increases to their own […]

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$1.5 trillion student loan debt, $1.1 trillion auto loan debt and ~$1 trillion in credit card debt -what could go wrong?

$1.5 trillion student loan debt, $1.1 trillion auto loan debt and ~$1 trillion in credit card debt -what could go wrong?

It’s that time again, an update on the degree of consumer borrowing as tallied by Federal Reserve data. For those of us that have been watching other consumer spending, debt and savings metrics, the results come  as little surprise and serve to confirm not only our Cash-strapped or Middle-Class Squeeze investing theme. The data also […]

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Q1 GDP Report Shows Infrastructure Investment Still Lacking

Q1 GDP Report Shows Infrastructure Investment Still Lacking

The first quarter GDP report revealed that the level of government investment in infrastructure remains historical lows, reducing productivity, thus lowering potential economic growth. The disregard for this vital part of the economy cannot continue indefinitely, which makes for a potential boon for those companies poised to benefit from the upcoming investment cycle.

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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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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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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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SPECIAL ALERT – Adding LSI Industries to the Tematica Investing Select List

SPECIAL ALERT – Adding LSI Industries to the Tematica Investing Select List

Shares of LSI Industries are poised to benefit from post-hurricane rebuilding as well as the overall shift to light emitting diode (LED) lighting vs. conventional lighting technologies.

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Harvey, Irma and Trump – Strong Tailwinds For Infrastructure Stocks

Harvey, Irma and Trump – Strong Tailwinds For Infrastructure Stocks

Before too long and as the water clears in Texas following Hurrican Harvey, we’ll see rebuilding efforts spring forth. Near-term, we’re likely to see a hit to the overall economy, much the way we did after Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans. Accuweather projected it to have a $190 billion impact on the economy, which means we are likely to see a downtick in the economy in September and into October. If Accuweather’s eye-popping estimate is correct, Harvey would cost nearly as much to the economy as Hurricanes Katrina and Superstorm Sandy combined. In other words, expect third quarter 2017 GDP forecasts to be revised lower, and we could see the Fed hold off embarking on unwinding its balance sheet a tad longer.

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