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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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WEEKLY WRAP: October Singing to the Same Tune We’ve Been Boogying To All Year Long

WEEKLY WRAP: October Singing to the Same Tune We’ve Been Boogying To All Year Long

We continue to have a market priced at levels that are in the upper atmosphere of historical norms in an economy that continues to be “meh,” with income levels rising about as fast as a tortoise through molasses. We know full well that stock prices can get even headier from here, but beware of “reversion to the mean” for volatility and the reality of upside potential versus downside risk from such heights.

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Cocktail Investing Ep: 36: A year of record stock market highs in the midst of social lows

Cocktail Investing Ep: 36: A year of record stock market highs in the midst of social lows

What do rising margin debt, low volatility and holiday shopping forecasts mean for stocks? This week, Tematica’s investing mixologists Chris Versace and Lenore Hawkins discuss the impact of the twin hurricanes on the economic data coming in, with another potentially on the way, and the fallout from the horrific event in Las Vegas.

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MONDAY MORNING KICKOFF: Have analysts underestimated the hurricane-related disruption?

MONDAY MORNING KICKOFF: Have analysts underestimated the hurricane-related disruption?

In a few weeks, we’ll start the time-honored tradition of corporate earnings season, but as we begin October it means we will first face the usual data deluge for the prior month. In this case, that data will shed a fuller picture of the economic impact from the recent trifecta of hurricanes last month. Economists estimate the ensuing disruption could cut as much as six-tenths of a percentage point from GDP growth in 3Q 2017. The coming weeks will give us a better sense of how deep that hurricane-related cut to GDP really is as we get a fuller picture of how the economy fared in September.

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WEEKLY WRAP: Pricey Stocks are Likely to Get Even More Expensive

WEEKLY WRAP: Pricey Stocks are Likely to Get Even More Expensive

The economy is a mixed bag right now, with manufacturing showing some strength, (which has been helped by a weak dollar trend that may be reversing) and the weakness in the consumer side is what we’d expect at this late stage in the business cycle. That said, the market fundamentals such as breadth, as well as index and sector movement trends show no signs of an imminent market pullback. These pricey stocks are likely to get even more expensive.

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Surprises From Market Breadth with Record Margin Debt

Surprises From Market Breadth with Record Margin Debt

As we discussed earlier, heading into the third quarter earnings season, we have above average level of positive guidance in terms of both top line sales and earnings as well as lower-than-average negative earnings guidance. We  pointed out yesterday, however, that an uncomfortable portion of that guidance is driven by gains from a weak dollar […]

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Cocktail Investing Ep 35 – Talking the what and why of self-driving cars with Audi

Cocktail Investing Ep 35 – Talking the what and why of self-driving cars with Audi

Download this special episode of Cocktail Investing, an in-depth conversation with Brad Stertz, Director of Government Affairs at Audi. Brad puts some context and understanding around the issues and developments surrounding the self-driving car market as well as the far-reaching impact this revolution will have beyond just the automotive sector. Audi is at the center of Volkswagen’s expertise for autonomous cars, an area it’s been focused on for more than a decade, and Brad has been there for most of it.

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