Category Archives: Guilty Pleasures & Affordable Luxury

There is how much sugar in the Christmas Tree Frappuccino from Starbucks?

A friend of mine once said if you don’t put on a few pounds during the holiday season, you’re probably not enjoying yourself. I’ve “suffered” from this most years, but in 2017 Starbucks is making it even easier to do so with its Christmas Frappuccino. The limited edition beverage packs a whopping 420 calories and 50 […]

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Weekly Issue: Black Friday, Tax Reform and Boosted Dividends in Time for the Holidays

Weekly Issue: Black Friday, Tax Reform and Boosted Dividends in Time for the Holidays

In this week’s issue, we once again boost our Amazon (AMZN) price target and offer several updates alongside yet another annual dividend increase from McCormick & Company

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After 20 years, Hershey introduces its first new candy bar

After 20 years, Hershey introduces its first new candy bar

In 2005, The Hershey Food Company renamed itself “The Hershey Company” and many saw this as indicating product changes to come following Apple Computer renaming itself simply Apple. Since then we’ve seen Hershey expand its offering into gum, mints and other candy categories, but also into jerky to catch a ride in our Food with […]

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Amazon (AMZN) — the many thematic tailwinds pushing it forward

Amazon (AMZN) — the many thematic tailwinds pushing it forward

  Amazon.com Inc plans to meet on Wednesday with a dozen U.S. ranchers, seeking to expand distribution of organic and grass-fed meats as it takes over Whole Foods Market Inc, according to the meeting’s organizer.Analysts and investors have speculated that Amazon is aiming to combine its expertise in order fulfillment with the grocer’s facilities to […]

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Amazon popping the cork on its wine business

Amazon popping the cork on its wine business

Trader Joe’s has Two Buck Chuck. Amazon? A new wine label called Next with bottles costing $20, $30 and $40 a pop.The company recently announced that it helped develop this new wine brand produced by King Vintners, a subsidiary of Oregon’s King Estate Winery, and had started selling it on Amazon.com. In a press release, […]

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WEEKLY ISSUE: Making a Measured Bet on this Guilty Pleasure Gaming Company

WEEKLY ISSUE: Making a Measured Bet on this Guilty Pleasure Gaming Company

Our Guilty Pleasure investing theme examines a variety of companies and businesses that range from alcohol, beer and spirits to chocolate, tobacco and gaming. We examine each of these, and when the time is right, meaning a thematic tailwind is blowing and there is sufficient net upside to be had, we’ll add shares to the Tematica Select List. That’s what we’re doing today with

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