Category Archives: Safety & Security

Sorry Westfield but technology is not a cure-all for problems at the mall

“The talk of the death of the mall, and many bankruptcies of retailers … it’s basically because [mall owners] are not servicing their customers properly in a way that they like,” Lowy said. That’s mall operator Westfield co-CEO Steven Lowy sharing his view at the recent ShopTalk conference and while it is possible a factor that is […]

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The Orbitz hack is more confirmation for our Safety & Security investing theme

I just received an email notification from American Express (AXP) detailing the following: “We are writing to let you know that American Express recently learned that our third-party vendor, Orbitz, was the victim of a cyber attack. “ Of course, this is the latest announced high profile cyber attack, which in my view serves as […]

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A Thematic Investing Perspective on Firearms

A Thematic Investing Perspective on Firearms

  When we develop our investment themes at Tematica Research, we look at the intersection of economics, demographics, psychographics and technologies, mixed in with regulatory mandates and other forces.  Each of those factors has a varying level of influence on the equation at any given time and as we like to say, the landscape is constantly shifting. […]

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Politics and Technology Impact Gun Sales

Politics and Technology Impact Gun Sales

The thematic investing approach we utilize at Tematica Research focuses on identifying sustainable market shifts that come about due to shifting economics, demographics, psychographics, technologies, mixed with regulatory mandates and other forces. This week, we see all of these factors wrapped up in our Safety & Security investment theme in a decline in gun sales, […]

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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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More cyber pain as Whole Foods and Sonic are hit by hackers 

More cyber pain as Whole Foods and Sonic are hit by hackers 

Another day, another cybersecurity breach. Or so it seems as this week two high-profile cyber attacks were revealed – Whole Foods and Sonic Corp. Retail and restaurant pain from these attacks is just the latest in a growing number of reminders that cybersecurity spending will continue to be on the upswing as hackers get more […]

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Google embraces Safety & Security to challenge Amazon’s Alexa

Google embraces Safety & Security to challenge Amazon’s Alexa

The company formerly known as Google that goes by the name Alphabet is quietly expanding its hardware reach. First by scooping up certain HTC assets that helped develop Google’s Pixel smartphone, which we think is a back-door way of protecting its core search business as voice becomes a more dominant method of search. Second, Google […]

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COCKTAIL INVESTING: Apple’s Lame Event, Euro Junk Bonds, Cryptocurrencies, NFL Comes to Amazon

COCKTAIL INVESTING: Apple’s Lame Event, Euro Junk Bonds, Cryptocurrencies, NFL Comes to Amazon

We knew Apple’s special event this week was headed downhill fast when the first thing mentioned about the new iPhone was the pretty colors it would come in. This week in Cocktail Investing we share our takeaways and insights for that event, as well as for the latest economic data and thematic signals that are the backbone of our thematic investing lens.

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