Category Archives: Rise & Fall of the Middle Class

Subscription service comes to Volvo’s cars, but how serious is it?

2017 has been a year for subscription services ranging from razor blades, underwear, bacon and smartphones. Now we’re seeing it expand into upper-end cars with Volvo. While this is an interesting twist and includes insurance as well as maintenance, the monthly price point boxes out those in our Cash-Strapped Consumer and most in the Rise […]

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Lord & Taylor teams with Walmart to drive digital commerce sales

Lord & Taylor teams with Walmart to drive digital commerce sales

It’s starting to accelerate, the shift to digital commerce from brick & mortar that is part of our Connected Society investing theme, and it’s giving way to some interesting partnerships and business models. In this case, it’s Walmart, traditionally a retailer that meshes with our Cash-Strapped Consumer investing theme, partnering with Lord & Taylor, a retailer […]

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NIRP – a Central Bank Roadblock to Wealth

NIRP – a Central Bank Roadblock to Wealth

NIRP, the European Central Bank’s Negative Interest Rate Policy, can block wealth creation for those that can’t reach directly into the ECB’s printing press. Here’s one way you probably hadn’t considered and it may be hurting your portfolio without you even knowing it.

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Record $25 Billion on Alibaba’s Singles’ Day and Most was Mobile

Record $25 Billion on Alibaba’s Singles’ Day and Most was Mobile

Our Rise and Fall of The Middle Class investing theme was front and center as Alibaba’s Singles Day blew away Black Friday in the U.S., with about 90% of those sales done via mobile, illustrating the power of our Connected Society investing theme.

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Alibaba – Riding the Connected Society tailwind to success

Alibaba – Riding the Connected Society tailwind to success

  Most U.S. investors tend to keep their purview on domestic companies and their shares, but there is a problem with that strategy. That limited gaze means missing out on opportunities outside the U.S. that are benefitting from our thematic investing themes. For example, when most folks think of the company riding our Connected Society […]

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Growing focus on Amazon’s private label potential

Growing focus on Amazon’s private label potential

During the summer, we here at Tematica spoke at length on the growing number of private label products and brands at Amazon (AMZN). Having seen the strategy work at a number of other retailers, like Costco Wholesale (COST), Kohl’s (KSS), Wal-Mart (WMT) and even JC Penny (JCP), we see it as “expected” that Amazon would […]

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Off-price retailers – another thorn in the side of department stores

Off-price retailers – another thorn in the side of department stores

A new report from Moody’s reinforces the negativity surrounding department stores like Macy’s (M), JC Penny (JCP) and Nordstrom (JWN). Unlike most that focus on the shift to digital commerce that is part of our Connected Society theme, Moody’s adds a perspective that meshes extremely well with our Cash-Strapped Consumer and Rise & Fall of the […]

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Obesity, diabetes rises Africa thanks to fast food. — Quartz

Obesity, diabetes rises Africa thanks to fast food. — Quartz

As the incomes have risen in emerging economies, quick service restaurants ranging from KFC and Pizza Hut at Yum Brands to McDonald’s, and Burger King among others have looked to capitalize on this. What this means is our Fattening of the Population theme is global in nature and is expanding past China into India and […]

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Gallup data confirms the rising middle class in Asia is more than China & India

Gallup data confirms the rising middle class in Asia is more than China & India

Nothing better than having an organization like Gallup issue confirming data for our Rise & Fall of the Middle-Class investing theme. While most tend to understandably focus on China and India given the size of their respective populations, Gallup’s finding remind us upward economic mobility is occurring in other emerging Asian economies. This target market […]

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