In this video from Wednesday's edition of the Motley Fool's Investor Beat, host Alison Southwick and Fool analyst Jason Moser dissect the hardest-hitting investing stories for the holiday retail season ahead.

Tiffany's third-quarter earnings destroyed analysts' expectations -- but what are the implications for luxury going forward? In the lead segment on today's Investor Beat, Jason explains why luxury retailers like Tiffany and Williams-Sonoma will see strong holiday-season sales without having to resort to Black Friday tactics like Wal-Mart and Target.

Then, the hot holiday gifts in tech are being made by Apple, Sony and Microsoft -- so what about all the other companies making the consumer electronics that we're less excited about? We're looking at you, HP. In this segment, Jason explains why a tech company doesn't necessarily need its products to be on everyone's wish list this year.

And finally, Peter Lynch is famous for the idea of investing in what you know, a tenet we espouse at The Motley Fool -- especially around the holidays. Jason wraps up the show by sharing his holiday shopping list, and offers advice on how to separate the solid long-term investments from the trendy companies (and possibly bad buys) under your tree.

Alison Southwick owns shares of Apple. Jason Moser owns shares of, Under Armour, and Nike. The Motley Fool recommends, American Express, Apple, Nike, Under Armour, and Williams-Sonoma. The Motley Fool owns shares of, Apple, Microsoft, Nike, and Under Armour. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.