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Thematic Signals highlights confirming data points and items to watch for our list of investing themes. Whether it’s a news item, video clip, or company commentary, we’ve included this full list of items literally “ripped from the headlines.”

Plant-based protein coffee debuts at Starbucks

Plant-based protein coffee debuts at Starbucks

According to data published by the NPD Group: Three out of five Americans say they want more protein in their diets; Fourteen percent of U.S. consumers, or more than 43 million people, regularly use plant-based products and 86 percent of them aren’t vegans or vegetarian. These figures are in sync with the growing influence of our Clean Living investing […]

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Beer and Spirits company Constellation Brands invests big in cannabis 

Beer and Spirits company Constellation Brands invests big in cannabis 

We are seeing soft drink companies bring new products to market to market due to shifting consumer preferences that are in tune with our Clean Living investing theme. A different side of consumer tastes is moving away from beer to wine, spirits, and non-alcoholic drinks, which explains why Anheuser-Busch InBev and Budweiser keep rolling out […]

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Diabetes solutions tapping our Disruptive Innovators and Digital Lifestyle investing themes

Diabetes solutions tapping our Disruptive Innovators and Digital Lifestyle investing themes

When it comes to the market that is diabetes — it affects some 30 million Americans, more than 9% of the population, according to the CDC and rates of those diagnosed with diabetes rises with age, to 25% of those 65 and older — we are seeing a number of new products and services that […]

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A Middle-class Squeeze recipe: Flat real wage growth with prices poised to move higher

A Middle-class Squeeze recipe: Flat real wage growth with prices poised to move higher

We’ve been witnessing inflationary pressures in the monthly economic data over the last several months. Some of this has been higher raw material due in part to trade tariffs and other input costs, such as climbing freight costs, as well as the impact of increased minimum wages in certain states. Habit Restaurant (HABT) noticeably called out […]

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Don’t Count Out Older Grocery Shoppers 

Don’t Count Out Older Grocery Shoppers 

  When it comes to the confluence of our Digital Lifestyle and Aging of the Population investment themes, this recent article from eMarketer hits the nail on the head: A June 2018 survey by the International Food Information Council (IFIC) Foundation in collaboration with AARP Foundation shed more light on the digital grocery buying behavior of older […]

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Starbucks taps kombucha to pivot from sugary drinks and recapture consumers

Starbucks taps kombucha to pivot from sugary drinks and recapture consumers

First Cold Brew and now kombucha is being added to the beverage fold at Starbucks as it, much like Coca-Cola and PepsiCo, are contending with the increasing consumer preference for healthier beverages, snacks, and food. In other words, less sugar as evidenced by the consumer wane for high calorie, high margin Frappucinos, and sugar soda as […]

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iPhone to be proof of identity and replace passports?

iPhone to be proof of identity and replace passports?

We’ve all heard about and even longed or the day when we would no longer have to carry one’s money, credit cards, keys, and identification. Mobile payments like Apple Pay and aspects of the Connected Home have helped ease the burden on our pockets and bags, but identification has been the more elusive category. It seems, […]

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Security holes found in online stock trading platforms

Security holes found in online stock trading platforms

A new report finding security holes in digital trading platforms is a sharp reminder of one downside associated with our Digital Lifestyle investing theme. While most tend to take it for granted the ease of shopping or in this case trading or at least buying and selling stocks, mutual funds, and ETFs online, few are likely […]

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