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

My Take on Stock Buybacks Real Money Pro($)

One of my favorite topics over the last few quarters has been stock-buyback programs.

My Take on the U.S. Dollar Real Money Pro($)

"For the full fiscal year '16, based upon how the rates have been trending over the last few weeks, we currently assume the impact of FX on our results in USD will be negative 4% compared to fiscal '15." -- David Rowland, chief financial officer, Accenture (ACN) "Obviously the U.S. dollar strengthens, the Canadian dollars, the Euro, the Brazilian Real. So, yeah, we see more of a headwind on our reported results from currency." -- Donal Mulligan, chief financial officer, General Mills (GIS) "Specifically, for Q2, we expect reported revenue growth at a mid-single-digit rate, generally in line with the growth rate for Q1, reflecting low teens growth on a currency-neutral basis, largely offset by the impact of the stronger dollar." -- Andy Campion, chief financial officer, Nike (NKE) I thought earlier this year that the strong dollar's impact would start to wane somewhat as we entered 2016, but now we'll have to see if Yellen and crew actually tighten. I remain skeptical.

Midmorning Reading Real Money Pro($)

Jim Collins is back with more on the auto sector, explaining Why I'd Rather Buy a Heineken Than Auto Stocks. It's an interesting read given the upbeat views and TrueCar have for September auto sales, which manufacturers will report next week. Both firms see September auto sales up some 13%+ on a year-over-year basis, albeit with declines at Volkswagen (VLKAY).  As I wrote earlier today, expect to hear more about Apple (AAPL) and what "teardown" reports of the new iPhone6s and iPhone6s Plus reveal. The Street's own Chris Ciaccia's iPhone 6s Teardown -- Here's What's Inside Apple's Latest Smartphone should help explain why Barclay's has issued bullish comment on Cirrus Logic (CRUS). He also looks at why Craig-Hallum is upbeat on Skyworks (SWKS), Qorvo (QRVO) a
Apple (AAPL) will see its retail stores open up for the morning with the new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus on sale for the first time.
Breaking news -- U.S. House Speaker John Boehner will reportedly resign from Congress at the end of October.
The U.S. Commerce Department this morning upwardly revised second-quarter gross domestic product to 3.9% from the 3.7% that analysts expected and that Commerce had previously estimated.

Google Faces Antitrust Probe Real Money Pro($)

Bloomberg is reporting this morning that the Federal Trade Commission has reached an agreement with the U.S. Justice Department to spearhead an antitrust investigation involving Google (GOOGL) and its Android business.

A Busy Trading Day Ahead Real Money Pro($)

Morning folks!
We could see an August-like roller coaster ride in the next few weeks.

Say Good Night, Chris Real Money Pro($)

And that's a wrap, folks!

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