No bank branch, no problem

No bank branch, no problem

Several of us here at Tematica have been waiting for the day when banks would recognize that if they embraced our Digital Lifestyle investing theme, the bank branch would one day go the way of the cassette tape – a fond memory of a bygone era. While banks have made strides over the years between […]

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As earnings move into the fast lane, things are likely to get bumpier

As earnings move into the fast lane, things are likely to get bumpier

We have been talking about volatility for several weeks, and while we take solace in knowing that the herd is catching up, we’re not exactly thrilled the latest data suggests there is more revising to be done. With market volatility picking up as earnings velocity takes off, we are keeping our inverse ETF position intact, maintaining our short bias on two positions and scaling into another position.

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The Data Says Steady as She Goes

The Data Says Steady as She Goes

With the herd taking a bullish view — despite the hard data we’ve been getting that calls for a rest in expectations for both 2017 earnings and GDP forecasts — we’ll continue to stay the course, which demands protective measures while we look for opportunities for investments.

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Adding more protection, but also taking advantage of YouTube’s misfortune

Adding more protection, but also taking advantage of YouTube’s misfortune

As the markets get bumpy, we not only add another protective position, but we also add a one new option call in this main Connected Society player. 

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As the market mood turns sour, we continue to favor our short positions

As the market mood turns sour, we continue to favor our short positions

With the mood of investors starts to turn sour as everyone realizes the Trump policies will take some time to implement — if at all — we continue to favor our short positions.

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The Fed Hikes Rates, But We’re Positioning for the Coming Fallout

The Fed Hikes Rates, But We’re Positioning for the Coming Fallout

The Fed’s inflation-focused rate hike yesterday is poised to crimp consumer spending at the margin and hit an auto market that is already starting to deal with an aging demand cycle.

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Tematica’s Take on the February Jobs Report, and What It Means for the Fed and Stocks

Tematica’s Take on the February Jobs Report, and What It Means for the Fed and Stocks

The February Jobs Report showed job creation and wage growth moving in the right direction, and clears the way for the Fed to boost rates next week at its next FOMC meeting.

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The Connected Society and growing Cashless Consumption comfort are enabling BofA to cut jobs

The Connected Society and growing Cashless Consumption comfort are enabling BofA to cut jobs

Banks are increasingly adapting their business to the growing Connected Society. As comfort levels among consumers rise with Cashless Consumption, banks are able drive productivity higher and costs lower. Fewer people mean fewer salaries and lower benefit costs at a time when healthcare costs continue to climb no thanks to the Affordable Care Act. Without […]

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Housing is Officially in a Double-Dip

Housing is Officially in a Double-Dip

The most widely-followed home price index, the S&P/Case-Shiller index, just came out on 5/31 and showed that we are officially in a double dip.  The report found that home prices in Q1 are now 2.9% below the previous quarterly bottom in Q1 of 2009.  So much for that home buyer tax credit!  All those gains […]

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