Chris Versace

Posted April 12, 2014

Watching what you used to consider television is about to get a whole lot more interesting. By now, most us have abandoned true broadcast television and left our “rabbit ears” behind for cable service of one kind or another.

Posted April 08, 2014

The recently ended March quarter was one filled with all sorts of things, including harsh winter weather, political issues, the 2014 Winter Olympics, as well as weaker-than-expected guidance from a number of companies earlier in the quarter.

Posted March 31, 2014

Joining us this week is Bob Picciano, senior vice president of IBM's Information and Analytics Group, and we hit the ground running talking about Big Data.

Posted March 30, 2014

Mobile-payment and mobile-ordering technology is in the midst of adoption across all segments of the restaurant industry, as seen in recent initiatives for Starbucks, Dunkin' Donuts and BJ's Restaurants for smartphones

Posted March 22, 2014

In early January, I shared with you my concern about rising beef prices. Well, during the last several weeks, other observers have begun to express the same concern. I’ve seen countless articles echoing what I shared with you.

Posted March 15, 2014

At the very core, companies, be they business-to-business (B2B) or business-to-consumer (B2C), need to respond to the changing landscape and adapt their business models.

Posted March 12, 2014

The Internet has led to many revolutions over the last few years and that’s particularly true in how we communicate and collaborate. It’s also shattered existing business models — just ask Barnes & Noble, Circuit City and practically any print newspaper you can still find.

Posted March 08, 2014

Earlier this week, we were hit with yet another winter storm here outside of the Washington, D.C., area, and, true to form, many things came to a girding halt.

Posted March 01, 2014

To me, a far more revealing and insightful indicator than the unemployment rate, is the payroll to population data released by Gallup each month. As I said at the World MoneyShow in Orlando recently, this is some of the scariest data out there.

Posted February 27, 2014

Meet a Chinese Cyber-Security company... Now, much like when I was first introduced to the company, you’re probably wondering, “based in China?” “Hasn’t that been a source of attacks?”. Well, those were my first thoughts as well.

Posted February 26, 2014

The last few weeks have been far more than just interesting. We’ve been barraged by a number of winter storms that are taking their toll on January economic data. Given the severity of the winter weather, was any of that really a surprise?

Posted February 20, 2014

When you think about it, it is pretty amazing how mobile technology has transformed our lives. What’s even more amazing is that the change we have seen thus far has really been due to three devices -- the mobile phone, the smart phone and, more recently, the tablet.

Posted February 15, 2014

"Just thinking about the weather" -- no, the 1987 song made popular by the band 10,0000 Maniacs is not running through my head. Rather I am marooned in Southern California while the South and Eastern parts of the U.S. get rocked by another ice-and-snow storm in the second half of this week.

Posted February 12, 2014

I think it’s very fair to say the start to the stock market in 2014 has caught many by surprise with its sharp move lower in late January. We’ve seen some life in the stock market since then, and even though the market may snap back on a technical basis, economic and industry growth concerns remain.

Posted February 08, 2014

It’s been a rough time of late -- questions are being raised about growth prospects, both for the global economy and the stock market. We’ve had more companies issue negative outlooks than we have had in some time, while the latest round of economic data has been weaker than expected.

Posted February 05, 2014

We’ve had more companies issue negative outlooks than we have had in some time, while the latest round of economic data has been weaker than expected. All of this has taken a toll on the major stock market indices, leaving the Dow Jones Industrial Average down more than 1,000 points from where it was just two weeks ago.

Posted February 01, 2014

How do I decide if something is a short-term or long-term opportunity? It is a timely question, even when the stock market is humming along like it did in the last half of 2013. But these days, with the return of volatility to the market, it’s even more crucial to understand the differences between the two.