Category Archives: New Middle Class

China opens its markets to foreign bank card companies 

China opens its markets to foreign bank card companies 

Poised to be the largest population by 2020, Cashless Consumption is poised to get a big boost as global payment processing firms tap the China market. Analyzing how this impacts consumption and debt levels will factor into our Rise & Fall of the Middle class thinking.

China will allow foreign payment card companies to operate in the country under rules issued on Tuesday, potentially giving groups like Visa Inc (V.N) and MasterCard (MA.N) access to its 55-trillion-yuan ($8.4 trillion) card payment market.Visa and MasterCard, the world’s two largest credit and debit card companies, have been lobbying for more than a decade for direct access to China’s cards market, which is projected to become the world’s biggest by 2020.Bank card consumer transactions reached 55 trillion yuan in 2015, accounting for 48 percent of total social consumption, the People’s Bank of China said in a statement. The market is dominated by state-run China UnionPay Co Ltd.

Source: China opens its markets to foreign bank card companies | Reuters

Euro’s, Pounds, Dollars . . . no matter the currency, the crunch is on

Euro’s, Pounds, Dollars . . . no matter the currency, the crunch is on

The Cash-Strapped Consumer is very much a reality in Europe, which this article from the BBC demonstrates just how crunched this are becoming for the Middle Class in the UK

The Money Advice Service has found that four in 10 UK adults have no more than £500 in savings, while a survey by ING bank suggested that 28% had nothing at all in their bank account.

Source: Middle-class ‘face savings squeeze’ – BBC News

So Many Calls, So Little Time

So Many Calls, So Little Time

This time of year, we spend hours and hours dialed into earnings announcements or pouring through transcripts of those calls we that we want to go back to mine them for more data. We’re often asked why we torture ourselves this way. Well, it’s all about the data.

In this week’s edition of Tematica Investing, we give you a peak into why we do what we do and the thematic signposts we’ve uncovered in recent weeks listening to CEO’s, CFO’s and other C-Level execs presenting their numbers. We also dig into the shopping list we’re compiling for when the markets eventually settle down a bit — including when we think that might be — as well as updates on a few of the dividend returning stocks we are still holding.

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Turn off the music, close up the bar and call it a night

Turn off the music, close up the bar and call it a night

While the “bad news is good news” move in the market over the last few days is decidedly more enjoyable than those gut-wrenching market falls of late, it’s like a party that goes on for too long; at some point someone has to turn off the music, close up the bar and call it a night.
We’ve already seen some warning signs that it might be time to head out before things get awkward in the form of negative earnings pre-announcements for several companies.

 

In this week’s issue of Tematica Insights:

  • With the September ISM Manufacturing Survey out, what does it mean for inflation and any potential Fed action on rates later this year.
  • Is this a good time to jump on buying opportunities with all the negative earnings pre-announcements coming out?
  • China’s adoption of Western diet demonstrates how thematics can play-out in society.
  • Tematica Select List company Skyworks ([stock_quote symbol=”SWKS”]) makes a move, which has adds an interesting wrinkle to our Connected Society thematic.

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Companies Mentioned
  • Alcoa (AA)
  • Amazon.com (AMZN)
  • American Airlines (AAL)
  • Apple Inc. (AAPL)
  • Bank of America (BAC)
  • Caterpillar (CAT)
  • Chegg Inc. (CHGG)
  • ConAgra (CAG)
  • Corning Inc. (GLW)
  • Dunkin’ Brands (DNKN)
  • DuPont (DD)
  • FedEx (FDX)
  • Hewlett Packard (HPQ)
  • Illumina (ILMN)
  • Immersion Corp. (IMMR)
  • Kimco Realty (KIM)
  • Lifelock (LOCK)
  • Merk & Co. (MRK)
  • Netflix (NFLX)
  • Nu Skin (NUS)
  • Palo Alto Networks (PANW)
  • PayPal (PYPL)
  • PMC-Sierra (PMCS)
  • Skyworks Solutions (SWKS)
  • Starbucks Inc. (SBUX)
  • Swift Transportation (SWFT)
  • Synaptics Inc. (SYNA)
  • Taiwan Semiconductor (TSM)
  • The Container Store (TCS)
  • U.S. Global Jets ETF (JETS)
  • United Natural Foods (UNFI)
  • Verizon Communications (VZ)
  • Wal-Mart (WMT)
  • Walt Disney (DIS)
  • Whole Foods Market (WFM) Xylem, Inc (XYL)
  • Yum! Brands (YUM)