Category Archives: Middle Class Squeeze

G20 summit will determine what the Fed does next

G20 summit will determine what the Fed does next

Welcome to the Thematic Signals podcast, where we look to distill everyday noise into clear investing signals using our thematic lens and our 10 investing themes.  On this episode, host Chris Versace discusses the sharp June rebound in the stock market that is being fueled by “bad news is good news” with return of Fed […]

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More troubling signs at retailers as earnings fall 24% 

More troubling signs at retailers as earnings fall 24% 

As we wind up the most recent barrage of quarterly earnings, we are being left with a sour taste in our collective mouths thanks to retailers, particularly those focused on apparel. While some data points to those mall-based retailers, like The Gap being hard hit, other data suggests retailers are not matching consumer preferences either for […]

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Family Dollar expands its plan to sell alcohol

Family Dollar expands its plan to sell alcohol

When times get tough, companies look to tap into the goods and services with inelastic qualities. In other words, things people will buy no matter what the speed of the economy. Many of these can be found in our Guilty Pleasures investing theme including the one that Middle-Class Squeeze company Dollar Tree is embracing – […]

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Welcome to the New Thematic Signals Podcast

Welcome to the New Thematic Signals Podcast

Welcome to the Thematic Signals podcast, where we look to distill everyday noise into clear investing signals using our thematic lens and our 10 investing themes. Every week we not only discuss key events that are shaping the stock market, but we also look at key sign posts for the changing economic, demographic, psychographic, and […]

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Millions of Americans are just one paycheck away disaster

Millions of Americans are just one paycheck away disaster

Every few months we receive the results of another study or survey that remind us of the worrisome financial state for a number of Americans. While we take no pleasure in these Middle-class Squeeze confirmation points, they are fodder for companies that either help consumers get a grip on escalating debt levels that sap disposable income […]

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Ep 103: What to do in the new “risk off” stock market environment

Ep 103: What to do in the new “risk off” stock market environment

On today’s podcast we discuss the renewed sense of uncertainty in the stock market following the US-China trade SNAFU that is simply not what investors were expecting just 10 days ago. With weeks to go until the next round of trade talks, investors will focus on the potential impact from the latest round of trade […]

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Weekly Issue: As trade concerns escalate, investors brace for an expectations reset

Weekly Issue: As trade concerns escalate, investors brace for an expectations reset

The market has embraced a new round of uncertainty as US-China trade took a route few were expecting just a few weeks ago. New rounds of tariffs have amped up trade talk tensions while leading investors to once again question growth expectations for the economy and earnings.

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The U.S. government is knocking for student loan

The U.S. government is knocking for student loan

While there are talks of student loan forgiveness on the 2020 campaign trail, the Treasury Depart is stepping up its game to collect on delinquent student loans. Data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) points to disposable income once again coming under pressure during the first quarter of 2018. Paired with rising gas prices […]

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The Middle Class Squeeze and Aging of the Population Themes Converge Under the Golden Arches

The Middle Class Squeeze and Aging of the Population Themes Converge Under the Golden Arches

According to a report by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI): The average household aged 56-61 has amassed a $163,577 nest egg. Over the course of a 20-year retirement, $163,577 amounts to just $8,178 a year, or $681 a month, of income. The median savings for that age group is just $17,000, which means a large […]

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This Week’s Issue: Hear those engines? It’s earnings season!

This Week’s Issue: Hear those engines? It’s earnings season!

This week we go from the frying pan into the earnings season fire with 30% of the S&P 500 companies report their quarterly results. This will offer a number of thematic data points, as we illustrate with the results from Coca-Cola, Lockheed Martin, Twitter and Verizon. We also chew on the conflicting signals between the Retail Sales and Housing data for March. The answer to that leads us to add a call option position in Home Depot shares at Tematica Options+.

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