Putting Some Defensive Measures in Place Ahead of Tuesday’s Trump Speech

Putting Some Defensive Measures in Place Ahead of Tuesday’s Trump Speech

Ahead of President Trump’s speech to a joint session of Congress tomorrow night, we are putting some defensive measures into play for the Tematica Select List, which should preserve some of our year-to-date gains should the market get a case of indigestion.

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McDonald’s Big Mac ATM Is No Joke As Restaurants Deal With Rising Minimum Wages

McDonald’s Big Mac ATM Is No Joke As Restaurants Deal With Rising Minimum Wages

Perhaps it was the success of Snap’s recent vending machine promotion that has led McDonald’s to bring the first “Big Mac ATM” to consumers, but underneath it all the increasing interest in the fast-food industry for automation and robotics is no joke. Facing increasing cost pressures, including rising minimum wages, restaurant groups from McDonald’s to […]

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Cash-strapped Consumers vote with their feet on higher restaurant vs. grocery prices

Cash-strapped Consumers vote with their feet on higher restaurant vs. grocery prices

Rising restaurant prices vs. falling grocery prices certainly help explain the continued drop in restaurant traffic as Cash-strapped Consumers flock to grocery stores and eat more at home. Facing higher minimum wages, overtime rules and potentially the end of the tip wage come the 2016 presidential election, it looks like the restaurant labor cost pain is […]

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Depending on your state, $100 isn’t worth $100

Depending on your state, $100 isn’t worth $100

New data from the Beureau of Economic Analysis presented in a digestible map thanks to the Tax Foundation shows that $100 is not the same depending on the state you live in. Some have more buying power, but if you’re in New York or California those after tax dollars are not going  as far as […]

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Putting on Some Athletic Kicks and Grabbing Another Shot of Java Calls

Putting on Some Athletic Kicks and Grabbing Another Shot of Java Calls

We are likely to see current-quarter GDP forecasts ratcheted back some and the data out yesterday, today and tomorrow are likely to give Janet Yellen and the other Fed heads ample cover to wait a bit longer. Good for our dividend-paying stocks and opportunity for other option plays.

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