Christopher Versace is the Portfolio Manager of the Thematic Growth Portfolio at Fabian Wealth Strategies, as well as the editor of both the long-only "PowerTrend Profits" investment newsletter and "PowerTrader" trading service that utilizes strategies combining stocks, ETFs and options. Versace uses a proprietary thematic investing perspective that ties in economics, demographics, psychographics, technology and more to determine investment candidates, while also sidestepping companies vulnerable to thematic change.Expand

Versace is also the host of PowerTalk, a weekly podcast that features conversations with public and private management teams, as well as other thought leaders, for the benefit of both individual and institutional investors. These conversations aim to get behind the scenes with such guests as Steve Forbes, Donald Rumsfeld and the CEOs of Smith & Wesson and Cato, among others.

Versace was previously the portfolio manager of Agile Capital Management, which combined a hedged investment mandate and a thematic investing framework. He also previously served as senior vice president, equity research at Friedman Billings Ramsey, where he covered the mobile phone industry and component technologies. Versace was also an analyst at Donaldson Lufkin Jenrette, as well as Salomon Brothers.

Versace is a contributor to and a frequent guest on "Live from The Washington Times with Andy Parks," in addition to other radio and television programs. He earned bachelor's degrees in economics and mathematics from Fairfield University before earning an MBA in finance from Fordham University.Collapse

This looks good for the economy heading into the holiday shopping season.
If anything, we are hearing more about companies cutting back than scaling up workforce size.
Solid quarter tosses doubts aside.
| Sep 28, 2015
| 12:06 PM EDT
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And That's a Wrap! Real Money Pro($)

Alright, alright, alright!
It's almost that time and I've got to get cracking to turn in Sunday's "The Week Ahead." I'll talk more about this in that regular Sunday night missive, but next week is light on earnings and big on economic data ranging from the more detailed Purchasing Managers Index reports and personal income/spending to the September employment report and all the other jobs indicators that precede it.

This Post Is Sweet! Real Money Pro($)

Consumers will spend an average of $27.33 on costumes for the whole family this year (I have no idea how you can outfit a family for $27); Pet lovers are expected to spend $350 million this year on costumes for their furry friends; Nine in 10 consumers also plan to be well-prepared with an estimated $2.1 billion or so going toward candy. Good for Hershey, (HSY) Tootsie Roll (TR) and Mondelez International (MDLZ). I wonder if you're shaking your head just like I am after reading all that. Now here's the bad news – per the NRF's findings, the average consumer will spend $74.34 on costumes, candy and decorations, down 4% from the $77.52 spent on average last year. Seems those lower gas prices are not translating into candy and costumes as much as some might have thought or hoped.

Into the Home Stretch Real Money Pro($)

Less than an hour to go until the market closes for the weekend and leaves us with three days until the end of the current quarter. In the last hour, the late-day fade I talked about this morning seems to have reared its ugly head as traders and investors contemplate not only what could come over the weekend, but also what's to come on the earnings front.

Mobileye in the Cross Hairs Real Money Pro($)

Shares of Mobileye (MBLY) have fallen roughly $20 since mid-August following several bearish notes, including two this week from Citron Research and Pacific Crest. The gist of the argument is auto manufacturers would look to cut costs and go for cheaper alternatives or bring the technology in-house.

Gray Skies for Blackberry Real Money Pro($)

Longtime readers here know of my "buy the bullets not the guns" view, particularly when it comes to the smartphone industry. As we saw this morning from Blackberry (BBRY) and Taiwan Semiconductor (TSM), it's about to get a whole lot rougher as growth slows in industry shipments. If history holds, we will see massive margin pressure as the industry solidifies around three players; we know Samsung and Apple (AAPL) are the top two, but a solid third has yet to emerge.

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