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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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What’s Behind the Commodities Rally?

What’s Behind the Commodities Rally?


On this episode of The Thematic Signals Podcast Chris Versace checks in with Sal Gilbertie, Teucrium Trading Chief Investment Officer


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 Chris Versace welcomes Sal Gilbertie, the Chief Investment Officer at  Teucrium Trading, back to the podcast. In the past on Tematica’s Cocktail Investing podcast, Chris and Sal have talked about the thematic influences on agricultural commodities, including Tematica’s New Global Middle-class one. They touch on that today but also discuss the current supply constraints as well as looming ones that have led to a supply imbalance, particularly for corn and soybeans, that has sent prices soaring. Sal explains how investors should think about these commodities across the 5 to 7 year cycle and shares why the upcoming G20 summit could serve as another catalyst for commodity prices to move higher. The two also discuss the ripple effect to be had on both consumers and companies in the agricultural complex but also those that count corn as a key input. 

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What’s Next for ETFs

What’s Next for ETFs


A conversation with Mike Akins, the founding partner at ETF Action




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 Chris Versace is joined by Mike Akins, founding partner at ETF Actionand former head of ETFs at Alps, which when Mike left had roughly $15 billion in assets. 

With more than 6,500 ETFs worldwide and several thousand in the US alone, Chris and Mike talk about the development of the ETF market and what’s next for it. As Mike sees it, there are four types of ETFs – cheap beta, strategic beta, tactical and a new class of ETFs emerging, which are thematic in nature. Given our thematic approach here at Tematica, we were game to talk with Mike on this as well as how ETF Action can help investors cleave through the sea of ETFs and make a more informed investment decision. 

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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 related hopium for a rate cut. Recently Federal Reserve Chairman Powell confirmed the Fed is closely watching trade and tariff developments and “will act as appropriate to sustain the expansion.” As Chris explains, given the timing of the G20 meeting vs. the next Fed monetary policy meeting, those hoping for a June rate cut are likely to be very disappointed. Also on the podcast, several ripped from the headlines signals for a number of our investing themes, including Cleaner Living, Middle-Class Squeeze, Guilty Pleasures and Safety & Security

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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 technological landscapes that are driving the structural changes occurring around us. 

On this episode, with retailer earnings in the spotlight, we dig into which ones are winning the fight for consumer wallet share and those that are losing. The implications are huge given that retail accounts for nearly 20% of the S&P 500 and roughly 16% of US GDP.  Those that are winning the wallet share fight, such as Target, Hibbett Sports, Walmart, TJX Companies. Best Buy and others are leveraging our Middle-Class Squeeze, Digital Society and to a lesser extent our Aging of the Population investing theme. We also talk about what investors should be looking for next as earnings season winds down and share some of the latest signals for our 10 investing themes.

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