Thematic Reads: Week of December 9, 2019

Thematic Reads: Week of December 9, 2019

Each week Team Tematica consumes a voracious amount of content as we look to stay on top of the latest data and mine it for tailwind and headwind signals for our 10 investment themes.

Aging of the Population
The global demographic shift towards a more senior population

Cleaner Living
Growing demand for items that claim to be better for you and the planet:

Digital Infrastructure
The Buildout and upgrading of our Networks, Data Storage Facilities, and Equipment

Disruptive Innovators
Business models designed to transform an entire industry and leap-frog over incumbents.

Digital Lifestyle
The increasingly digital landscape that now underpins the entire consumer experience.

Guilty Pleasures

The products and services people will consume no matter the economic environment.

Living the Life

Those things that bridge the gap between want and ability at every socioeconomic level.

Middle-Class Squeeze

Consumers trading down when and where possible or looking to stretch the disposable dollars they do have.

New Global Middle Class

Areas around the world where rising disposable incomes are driving demand for a host of products and services.

Safety & Security

Reflecting the evolving needs across individual, cyber, corporate and homeland security.

What Else We Are Loving

Other reads, experiences, products, services and the like that we enjoyed so much this past week we just had to share

  • December has been tough so far for one of Lenore Hawkins’ obsessions, Peloton (PTON), whose shares are down around 11% from their highs at the start of the month. The company’s shares first took a hit when some disliked its holiday commercial. The next hit came from a short-seller report arguing that shares would drop to $5 in 2020. Hawkins has both the Peloton treadmill and the bike at her home in San Diego and when she is traveling around the globe, as she often does, she is addicted to using the company’s app to help her not fall off the fitness wagon. If you are afraid of what the holidays may do to your waistline, we suggest checking out a 30-day free trial of their app and see for yourself what the hoopla is all about.
  • Another favorite this month is Hydro Flask. Their 22-ounce version is perfect for keeping hot drinks hot and cold drinks cold without any annoying sweating to mess up one’s pristine (ahem) desk.

About the Author

Chris Versace, Chief Investment Officer
I'm the Chief Investment Officer of Tematica Research and editor of Tematica Investing newsletter. All of that capitalizes on my near 20 years in the investment industry, nearly all of it breaking down industries and recommending stocks. In that time, I've been ranked an All Star Analyst by Zacks Investment Research and my efforts in analyzing industries, companies and equities have been recognized by both Institutional Investor and Thomson Reuters’ StarMine Monitor. In my travels, I've covered cyclicals, tech and more, which gives me a different vantage point, one that uses not only an ecosystem or food chain perspective, but one that also examines demographics, economics, psychographics and more when formulating my investment views. The question I most often get is "Are you related to…."

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