New Global Middle Class and Digital Lifestyle Converge at Walgreens 

New Global Middle Class and Digital Lifestyle Converge at Walgreens 

A few days ago we ran across a story that probably didn’t make headlines in too many places. Here at Tematica, however, it was quickly shared with the team because it perfectly depicts the coming together of two of our investment themes: The New Global Middle Class and the Digital Lifestyle. Here is part of […]

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Ep. 95: Short Selling Anyone

Ep. 95: Short Selling Anyone

While some issues that plagued the market towards the end of 2018 have rolled back, one, in particular, hasn’t and it’s one investors use to not only value stocks but determine which ones they are willing to pay up for. Plus Thematic Signals from Apple, Netflix, Amazon, Facebook, PepsiCo, Hershey and Proctor & Gamble.

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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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Black Friday Clicks vs Bricks

Black Friday Clicks vs Bricks

In this week’s episode of the Cocktail Investing Podcast, hosts Lenore Hawkins and Chris Versace digest all of the data coming in from the official start of the 2017 Holiday Shopping Season and the shakeout between the brick and mortar retailers versus the impact of online sales.

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The Rise and Fall of the Middle-Class Part 1

The Rise and Fall of the Middle-Class Part 1

The expanding global middle class will account for nearly half of all consumption in the coming years. In this week’s podcast episode we discuss the where and why behind this new middle-class and how it is reshaping industries and business models at Amazon (AMZN) and General Motors (GM) to McCormick & Co. (MKC) and many, many more

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Lackluster Demand for the Apple iPhone 8 Puts Pressure on OLED and others

Lackluster Demand for the Apple iPhone 8 Puts Pressure on OLED and others

Apple shares have slipped since the company’s lackluster September special event as investors question iPhone 8 model demand ahead of the early November launch of the iPhone X. That slip in Apple shares has overflowed and resulted in the same downward pressure on our Universal Display (OLED) shares, but there is potential upside still to be had.

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COCKTAIL INVESTING: Panera Challenges McD’s, Apple Watch flubs, and the SEC gets hacked

COCKTAIL INVESTING: Panera Challenges McD’s, Apple Watch flubs, and the SEC gets hacked

What’s the story behind Panera Bread CEO Ron Shaich challenging McDonald’s, Wendy’s and other fast food companies? The answer ties into our Food with Integrity investing theme and if you’ve seen the documentary Super Size Me you can guess where this is going. You can practically see Lenore roll her eyes at the response from McDonald’s.

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No Sleepy End of  Summer in Sight

No Sleepy End of  Summer in Sight

As the country turns the page on the eclipse, political maneuvering retakes center, all while the battle lines between Wal-Mart and Amazon are being set for the future of retail. Of course, we have our sleeper pick too that is strengthening its position while everyone else focuses on WMT and AMZN.

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China and Trade – It’s Complicated

China and Trade – It’s Complicated

On Monday, August 14th I spoke with David Asman and Melissa Francis, hosts of After the Bell on Fox Business, about the recent moves in the market and the discussions around trade relations with China. I pointed out that while trade is often discussed in the media as a transaction in which there is a […]

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Markets Reach New Highs, But Why?

Markets Reach New Highs, But Why?

Thursday the Dow hit its 7th straight record close, despite the news that Special Counsel Mueller has impaneled a grand jury in the Russia election tampering probe. While many are attributing the market’s gains to president Trump’s administration, this divergence calls that into question. As does the reality that President Trump’s approval rating has hit new lows with disapproval ratings reaching new highs while the market has continued to rise.

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