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 Forbes.com 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

Drilling Down on Oil's Effects Real Money Pro($)

Even though oil prices bounced today, the larger (and growing) view is that we will see another leg down. The knee-jerk reaction is that gas prices will go lower. Remember that despite the drop-off in gas prices during the first half of 2015, we didn't see any meaningful pickup in consumer spending, at least as measured by retail sales data. If some are correct that at the pump prices could hit if not fall below $2 per gallon, perhaps that help put a crowbar in the consumer's wallet or at least get them to swipe their iPhone 6 or their Apple (AAPL) Watch more frequently.

The Unimpressed Dollar Real Money Pro($)

Earlier I voiced my views on what Atlanta Fed Chairman Dennis Lockhart had to say. Not only do I stand by my comments, but if we look at the U.S. dollar, it's trading off for the second day. You would think that if Mr. Market was swayed by Lockhart's speech the dollar would have rallied instead of traded off. And for those that missed it, it would seem the dollar was less than impressed with the July jobs report. #JustSaying.

And We're In the Home Stretch Real Money Pro($)

As we enter the final half-hour of trading for this Monday, before too long we'll be hearing about supply-demand imbalances from the floor of the NYSE and the relative afternoon calm will give way to dozens and dozens of companies reporting June quarter results after the close. 

Cha-Ching! Thanks, Twitter Real Money Pro($)

After watching my Twitter (TWTR) September $28 calls climb nearly 90% today alone, I've rung the register and booked a nice gain.
The Atlanta Fed has posted the highlights as well as the full text of Dennis Lockhart's Atlanta Press Club Speech from today.

And a Word from Doug on TWTR Real Money Pro($)

Doug Kass, the regular occupant of this space, makes a great point over in Columnist Conversation in that Jack Dorsey's 31,000-share purchase could weigh against Twitter being sold.

Lunchtime Reading Grab Bag Real Money Pro($)

If you're like me and more often than not you eat lunch at your desk, here's some interesting reads while you mangia: 

Alibaba Gets Some Love Real Money Pro($)

With the morning rush now firmly behind us, it's time to settle into some non-Twitter, non-Buffett conversation. One of the company's that I've been bullish on of late is Alibaba (BABA), and in case you're wondering, the recommendation has moved against me of late. I chalk that up to all the concerns over China's manufacturing economy and other items that have hit that market.

Recommended Reading Real Money Pro($)

It's been a rifle shot of news this morning for Twitter (TWTR), most of it upbeat for battered Twitter shares and good for my TWTR September calls.
It looks like we're seeing a reversal in the news flow for Twitter (TWTR), at least in the short term.

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