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Brookdale Senior Living: are its thematic tailwinds enough to earn a buy rating?

Brookdale Senior Living: are its thematic tailwinds enough to earn a buy rating?

Brookdale Senior Living is a company that is positioned to benefit from our Aging of the Population investment theme. But we must determine whether those thematic tailwinds are enough for its stock to earn a buy rating at this point in time.

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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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What Investors Need to Know About the Implications of Trump’s Tariffs

What Investors Need to Know About the Implications of Trump’s Tariffs

I continue to think Trump is following the negotiating strategies he laid out in his 1987 book, Art of the Deal, should Trump actually enact the trade tariffs on steel and aluminum, then what? As an investor, we have to game out the potential outcomes so we can assess the potential risk and position ourselves accordingly, which is what we’ve done here today.

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Blue Apron and GNC, two examples of the struggle to fight against thematic headwinds

Blue Apron and GNC, two examples of the struggle to fight against thematic headwinds

The latest entrant into the meal kitting business continues our bearish call on Blue Apron (APRN) shares, and we take a look at an Aging of the Population company that looks to get a lifeline from China for its balance sheet and its business.

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Is Trump Serious About the Tariffs or Is This Just a Big Game of Chicken?

Is Trump Serious About the Tariffs or Is This Just a Big Game of Chicken?

We have to question whether President Trump will go ahead with his proposed tariffs or is it a negotiating tactic at a time when NAFTA negotiations remain underway? We’ve seen the president pull this tactic from his book, Art of the Deal, several times over the last year and given the potential consequence of a trade war to the domestic economy as well as the stock market, there are several reasons we can’t rule this possibility out.

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Disney’s The Black Panther gets 4 of 4 paws

Disney’s The Black Panther gets 4 of 4 paws

The bottom line is whether you’re a fan of super hero films or not, Disney’s The Black Panther is a well-crafted story that expands as well as enhances the Marvel tapestry, and the post-credit scenes advance the inter connected storyline that Marvel has carefully put in place over the last 10 years. It’s great fun, and I recommend seeing it.

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Inflation Rising While Wages Are Falling

Inflation Rising While Wages Are Falling

Inflation rising while hourly earnings have fallen in 5 of the past 6 months. The Fed will find it is under further pressure to hike and/or taper, which applies the brakes to any economic acceleration from tax cuts and more government spending.

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