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

OK! Lunch is done and we've got about two hours or so until the post-market reporting fun begins. With that in mind, let's take a look at which companies are on deck later today when it comes to earnings. We've got just over 15 companies reporting after the close, and there are three in particular that will be the center of attention:

Some Lunchtime Reading Real Money Pro($)

As we head into the lunch hour, here's some reading that I think/hope you'll enjoy:
Things are getting a little heated with Chipotle (CMG)  as at least one analyst is calling for the firing of CEO Steve Ells. More on this from The Street's Lindsay Rittenhouse.
Down in the comments section, there was some chatter about autonomous driving. From my perspective, there are a number of tailwinds behind this, and the implications that will cut across industries are likely to be staggering. 

Understanding the Why Real Money Pro($)

Normally, I am the one manning the controls when it comes to our weekly podcast, Cocktail Investing, but this week I wasn't the one playing the straight man as I guested on Frank Curzio's Wall Street Unplugged podcast. Being in the hot seat, as it were, allowed me not only to let my hair down some (what little is left), but it reminded me of the importance of understanding the "why."

Sickening News About Chipotle Real Money Pro($)

TheStreet is reporting that Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG) has shut a location in Virginia after multiple reports of customers getting sick after e…
Ready for something from the high priestess of global macro on today's import/export data?
Getting back to Netflix (NFLX) , it's becoming increasingly clear that markets outside the U.S. will be key drivers for future growth. This was reinforced by a recent revelation that Facebook's (FB) exposure to India is now larger than the U.S., with a "potential audience" of 241 million active users in India compared with 240 million in the United States. 
However, not everyone is climbing aboard; meanwhile, how will streaming media consumption affect others?

Looks Like a Choppy Open Real Money Pro($)

Here we go with about 20 minutes to the opening bell and stock futures have moved back and forth in negative territory as the market digests the ba…

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Equity futures were up slightly just before 9:30 PM Sunday night.
Spent a good amount of time with PayPal CEO Dan Schulman this week...and came away fully understanding why thi...
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