Commodities Investing: Oil, Gas, and Energy

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Energy Investing: Global Oil Demand Numbers

If you are going to successfully invest in oil, simply knowing where the oil is and which countries are producing it isn’t enough information. You must also understand demand. [more…]

Energy Investing: Understand Imports and Exports

To make wise energy investments, you need to become familiar with the broader implications of oil import and export data. It’s not hard to see how production and consumption come together to form a global [more…]

Energy Investing: Understand OPEC and Geopolitics

Because of its importance to the world oil market, energy investors need to understand how OPEC operates. More than half a century ago, in 1960 to be exact, a few oil-exporting countries decided to band [more…]

The Importance of Conventional and Unconventional Oil in Energy Investing

Not all crude is created equal. The most basic division is between conventional and unconventional oil. As you invest in oil companies, you want to know what kind of oil they produce and what the related [more…]

Energy Investing: How is Crude Oil Classified?

Energy investors need to understand how oil is classified. The terms conventional and unconventional simply relate to how the oil is produced. Whether conventional or unconventional, it’s all still crude [more…]

Energy Investing: Natural Gas Markets

Energy investors need to have a basic understanding of natural gas markets on both a regional and global scale. Natural gas is a composition of hydrocarbons formed from millions of years of pressure and [more…]

Energy Investing: Knowing Major Gas Drivers

As an energy investor, knowing what factors affect the short- and long-term success of the U.S. gas industry is a critical part of making successful decisions. Here’s a discussion of what drives natural [more…]

Energy Investing: Natural Gas Supply and Demand

Energy investors should know that long-term trends in the natural gas industry are primarily dependent on demand projections. Barring the short-term fluctuations, these projections tell you what to expect [more…]

Should You Invest In Crude Oil Prices?

Even bad situations can mean profits for energy investors. As major oil fields decline in production, investors can profit by investing in crude prices and in oil companies with lower production costs. [more…]

Energy Sectors and Markets for Investors

For investment purposes, each source of energy is considered its own market sector. Fossil fuels — or, more precisely, nonrenewable fuels like oil, natural gas, coal, and nuclear — dominate global energy [more…]

Prepare for Your First Energy Investment

When you’re ready to make your first energy investment, you need to get familiar with some important terms. A stock quote is made up of the name of the company or fund, the [more…]

How International Energy Agendas Affect Energy Investing

Global governments and organizations have a strong influence on the energy industry. You can see this influence in things like the United Nations’ Kyoto Protocol, which sets binding targets for industrialized [more…]

How Technology Affects Energy Investing

If you’re investing in energy, keeping the pulse of constantly evolving energy technologies is vital because they can cause price swings in energy commodities or make once-dominant companies obsolete. [more…]

How Geopolitics Affect Energy Investing

You may not be an expert on geopolitics and how they relate to energy and natural resources, but you’ve definitely seen them in action. If you’ve heard of Russia threatening to cut off European access [more…]

Energy Investing: Growing Demand in Emerging Markets

To successfully invest in oil, you need to understand that the bulk of future demand is expected to come from developing countries, and you need to identify where the oil will be coming from to satiate [more…]

Investing in Energy Mutual Funds

Investment management companies want to make money, and so do you. To achieve this goal, they create mutual funds with certain objectives. Like-minded energy investors who have the same goal as the fund [more…]

Energy Investing: Natural Gas Reserves

Some would-be energy investors are hesitant to invest in the oil and gas industry because it is dominated by national oil companies (NOCs). An NOC is a company that’s owned — either wholly or through a [more…]

The Future of Natural Gas for Energy Investors

Energy investors don’t need a crystal ball to see the fundamental shift taking place in the North American natural gas industry. In a relatively short period of time, North America has increasingly relied [more…]

Energy Investing: The Benefits of Natural Gas

As an energy investor, you might want to know that one of the most attractive features of natural gas is that it’s the cleanest-burning fossil fuel. When you burn natural gas, it creates less carbon dioxide [more…]

Traders and Hedgers in Energy Investing

Oil and natural gas present many different ways to invest beyond just the Exxons and BPs of the world. Trading energy futures is one such opportunity. So what exactly does futures trading entail? [more…]

Inside the Futures Contract for Energy Investing

Energy investors can think of trading futures as the transfer of risk from the producers (the ones doing the hedging) to the speculators. It’s the most effective way to mitigate price volatility because [more…]

How to Choose a Futures Broker for Energy Investing

For an investor trading in energy futures, choosing the right broker is a long and arduous process, and rarely will you find one early on in your search. You have a set of expectations, and the wrong choice [more…]

Energy Investing: Understand the Margin in Futures Trading

For an energy investor, a margin is the minimal amount of money needed to trade a futures contract through your broker. Basically, the margin is in place to guarantee that you have the money to settle [more…]

Checklist before Investing in Energy

As an energy investor, if you decide to leap into oil and natural gas futures, have identified the associated risks, meet all the qualifications, located the perfect broker to suit your needs, and are [more…]

Factors Affecting Futures for Energy Investors

For energy investors to successfully trade oil and gas futures, understanding the basic drivers behind oil and gas prices is imperative. In a perfect world, a market’s fundamentals would revolve entirely [more…]


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