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Ep 15 Trump and Trade, Apple event thoughts and Volkswagen swings at Tesla

Ep 15 Trump and Trade, Apple event thoughts and Volkswagen swings at Tesla

On this episode of the Thematic Signals podcast, Tematica’s Chris Versace breaks down the latest trade developments (including why he doesn’t think a two-step deal is likely) and discusses the European Central Bank rate cut before shares his thoughts on the continued plight of brick & mortar retail as Forever 21 is slated to file bankruptcy this weekend. We see no slowdown in the Digital Lifestyle tailwind that is a headwind for those like Forever 21. Chris then moves to why he was nonplused by Apple’s 2019 iPhone event even though it announcements made during the event mean problems for Netflix and GameStop. Also, hotels in Japan get a makeover, and Volkswagen comes out of the German Auto Show swinging at Tesla. To hear how those two items tie into our Living the Life and Cleaner Living investing themes, as well as why Chris is a little concerned about the Federal Reserve meeting next week, you’ll need to hit the play button and listen.

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A Fixed Income View on the Current Market

A Fixed Income View on the Current Market


A look into today’s market through a fixed income lens with Peter Tchir of Academy Securities




On this episode of the Thematic Signals podcast, host Chris Versace is joined by Peter Tchir, who is the Head of Macro Strategy at Academy Securities. While Chris has a thematic focus, Peter’s is from the fixed income vantage point, which means he tends to focus on credit and risk. Despite the different approaches, the two discuss the US-China trade war, the swath of recent economic data and prospects for further monetary policy stimulus from both the European Central Bank and the Federal Reserve. As they talk, Peter shares his views on why a US-China trade deal won’t be reached until the first half of 2020, why he’s not as concerned about the inverted yield curve, why fund flows into low volatility funds are a concern of his and the reason why he thinks Turkey could be the unexpected issue that upsets the apple cart in the coming months. 

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Ep 13 Cleaner Living Solutions with the Degree of Green

Ep 13 Cleaner Living Solutions with the Degree of Green

On this episode of the Thematic Signals podcast, host Chris Versace digs more into Tematica’s Cleaner Living investing theme with Andrew Pace of Degree of Green. Degree of Green was started back in 2007 as a rating system to educate consumers and retailers about the different facets of green.  But today, Degree of Green is an educational portal to teach people how to build healthy AND green.

 

  

On this week’s podcast, you’ll learn how many chemicals dwell inside your home and where there they tend to be most prevalent. You’ll also learn about the varying degrees of what is considered green, with some surprises along the way as we talk about Degree of Green’s proprietary green rating system. If you’re looking to Clean up your existing home or a new one, this is a podcast you won’t want to miss.

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Keys to July Retail Sales and Walmart Earnings Results

Keys to July Retail Sales and Walmart Earnings Results


Plus the Biggest Threat to the German Auto Industry

On this episode of the Thematic Signals podcast, we’re digging into the July Retail Sales and quarterly earnings results from Walmart as both confirm the hard-blowing tailwinds associated with our Digital Lifestyle, Middle-Class Squeeze, Aging of the Population and Cleaner Living Investing themes.





We also breakdown a recent article in The Wall Street Journalthat discusses how one aspect of our Cleaner Living investing theme — electric vehicles — could threaten the German economy. It’s the same structural shift that should have folks more than a little concerned about Tesla, both its business as well as its shares. All that and much more on this episode of the podcast. 

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Ep 11.  Think that’s clean water you’re drinking? Guess again

Ep 11. Think that’s clean water you’re drinking? Guess again

On this episode of the Thematic Signals podcast, we’re tackling an aspect of our Cleaner Living investing theme that most people tend to take for granted – clean water. To dig into the subject, we speak with Dr. Roy Speiser of water and air filtration company CWR Environmental Products, who for over 35 years has championed the cause to mitigate air and waterborne toxins. As you’ll hear, because of environmental abuse, industrial greed and governmental neglect, the harsh reality is out water supply is not as clean or as safe as we think it is. Dr. Speiser explains how you can find out the state of your own water supply, what common contaminants you’re likely to find, and offers some helpful suggestions on how to ensure you have a clean water supply. He also shares exactly what kind of portable drinking water bottle you should be using, and it’s not likely that metal one you might be carrying around.

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Ep 10 Beyond Meat – The Next Tesla or the Next Palm?

Ep 10 Beyond Meat – The Next Tesla or the Next Palm?





We are just back from vacation and hitting the ground running during arguably one of the busiest weeks of the year. In addition to the usual end of the month, start of the month economic data, we’ve got more than 1,000 companies reporting quarterly earnings; the Fed’s next FOMC meeting; and the next Democratic presidential debate. And that’s what we know about. We dig into all and share where we think the market could be capped if the trend in earnings continues. We also share our thoughts on Cleaner Living company Beyond Meat, whose shares have been nothing short of a rocket ship ride, but is that rise likely to continue? We discuss just that and much more on this podcast episode. 

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Ep. 9: How the Tapestry of Earnings is Coming Together

Ep. 9: How the Tapestry of Earnings is Coming Together

A look at the thematic outlook we can piece together from the flow of earnings reports we’ve received thus far.

On this episode of the Thematic Signals podcast, we find ourselves in the thick of earnings season and Tematica’s Chris Versace not only provides an overview for how all of these reports are coming together to form a larger picture, he shares a thematic look at what’s moving several stocks, including Amazon (AMZN), Apple (AAPL), International Airlines Group (ICAGY), IBM (IBM), Netflix (NFLX), Skyworks Solutions (SWKS) and the impact of spending on cybersecurity. In thematic speak, it’s the Digital Lifestyle, Digital Infrastructure, Disruptive Innovators, and the Safety & Security themes, with an added dash of privacy. Of particular note, Chris is really excited about one of the latest signals for Tematica’s Cleaner Living investing theme as Nestle SA has found a way to dramatically reduce the sugar content of its KitKat bar. Why? Because it and other food and beverage companies are under pressure from consumers and governments alike to make healthier products amid rising obesity and diabetes rates. If Nestle keeps this up maybe one day it could land in the Tematica Research Cleaner Living Index.

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Ep 8. Will Fed Chairman Powell reset dovish interest rate expectations this week?

Ep 8. Will Fed Chairman Powell reset dovish interest rate expectations this week?


On this episode of the Thematic Signals podcast, Tematica’s Chris Versace gets investors and corporate leaders ready for what Fed Chairman Powell may do at this week’s semi-annual testimony in front of the House Financial Services Committee.




In June Powell signaled a more dovish tone with monetary policy citing the slowing global economy, trade related uncertainty and the lack of inflation. After Independence Day 2019, however, several pieces of new data may give Powell and the Fed some room to wait. What the data was and what it could mean, we discuss on the podcast. We’re also sharing several signals for our Digital Lifestyle, Cleaner Living, Living the Life and Safety & Security investing themes. 

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Ep 7. With the G20 in the Rearview Mirror, What’s Next

Ep 7. With the G20 in the Rearview Mirror, What’s Next



On this episode of the Thematic Signals podcast, Tematica’s Chris Versace digs into why investors should be watching in the month of July. Between the June quarter earnings season, the Fed and the latest economic data, there is no shortage of things investors need to watch. In Chris’s view that’s especially true given the potential for the Fed to NOT cut interest rates at its July monetary policy meeting, and for earnings guidance to be softer than Wall Street is expecting. We’ve also got several thematic signals, including ones for our Digital Lifestyle, Aging of the Population and the new Cleaner Living Index. If you listen carefully, Chris mentions not only one of his favorite companies for the second half of the year, but also how the Cleaner Living signal ties into the Tematica Research Cleaner Living Index. 

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Using Options to Protect Yourself in an Uncertain Market

Using Options to Protect Yourself in an Uncertain Market

Trading options with Bob Lang, founder and Chief Options Trader at ExplosiveOptions.net





On this episode of the Thematic Signals podcast, Tematica’s Chris Versace is joined by Bob Lang, founder of and Chief Options Trader at Explosive Options, to talk all options and options strategies, including how an investor can use them to protect themselves in an uncertain stock market. While we focus on thematics, Bob focuses on charts and technical analysis to chart his way for both the market and his options trades. On the podcast, Bob will talk about why he likes options over stocks, share several trading strategies and how he manages a portfolio that can be 20-40 options in size while managing risk as well. Chris also talks with Bob about his book, Know Your Options: How To Build Wealth Using Proven Options Trading Strategies and Technical Analysis, which has received high praise from institutional as well as individual options traders. 

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