Energy Investing

Energy Investing: Why King Coal Is Bigger Than Oil or Gas

Energy Investing Update: Lost in the debate about exporting U.S. oil and natural gas is any mention of America's greatest energy export: coal.

And while legislators and environmentalists argue over pipelines, refineries, and trade agreements in the oil and natural gas industries, the United States sends tons of coal to eager customers all over the globe.

Coal usage is at a 45-year peak, and Europe and Asia will take every ounce we can export...

Energy stocks

Kinder Morgan (NYSE: KMI) Stock Rises as It Ditches MLP Structure to Make Energy Giant

Richard D. Kinder, the Houston billionaire behind the Kinder Morgan Inc. (NYSE: KMI) empire, announced late Sunday he is combining his pipeline offshoots under one roof. KMI stock soared on the news 15% intraday to a 52-week high of $42.49.

We have the full details of this massive energy deal...

Energy Investing

What Thomas Piketty's Best Seller Has to Do with Investing in Energy

No one would have ever thought that a 700-page book on economics like Thomas Piketty's Capital in the Twenty-First Century would hit the best-seller lists and become a lightning rod for political controversy.

What does Piketty's Capital in the Twenty-First Century have to do with making money in energy? A lot more than you might think.

You can't make big money investing in energy without understanding how it works...

U.S. Energy Outlook

Will the Energy Crisis Hit Home This Winter?

It's hard to imagine as we swelter in the summer heat, but many countries are going to be in real trouble this winter. Wars, rebel activities, and geopolitical struggles will mean a possible energy shortage throughout Europe and Asia.

It's one thing to watch these struggles from afar. It's something else entirely when it hits closer to home.

And this winter, there may be a genuine energy crisis in New England...

Top News

The Wild Card in the Ongoing Global Energy Crisis

The conflict in Iraq is escalating beyond all hope of control – and it's impacting a huge number of investments worldwide. So we reached out to Dr. Kent Moors, one of very few people who've advised both the Kurdish regional and Iraqi federal governments.

What he told us was incredible, bringing crystal clarity to what had been an extremely murky picture.

More importantly, Kent's showed us a way forward through the supply crisis, and, as we'll see shortly, a way to profit from it.

Here's Kent...

Energy Investing

Iran's "Oil Show" Just Revealed a Huge Opportunity

Let's face it: Iran isn't at the top of anyone's list when considering all the profit opportunities out there in the world. At least, not yet…

You see, Iran is changing – and quickly.

Its new political regime at least appears to be increasingly open to the West.

Its old-style buyback contracts with international oil companies have long been considered high-risk with little or no flexibility; they essentially allowed Iran to own the oil company assets and allow the company a stream of profit.

But the isolated nation recently announced the introduction of a new generation of oil contract, one that promises to be considerably friendlier to foreign partners.

Full Story...

Energy Investing

This Energy Play Has Warren Buffett Playing Catch-Up

It's absolute gospel in the world of investing to study and understand the moves that Warren Buffett and Berkshire Hathaway are making – and then to follow them for profit.

And with good reason: Buffett's track record speaks for itself – and he augments his capital-markets genius with the homespun, down-to-earth personality that's cemented his spot as a hero to the masses.

One of Buffett's newest forays has taken his Berkshire investment vehicle into the energy sector.

But he wasn't the first to get there. We were. And it's paying off in a big way…


Energy Investing

How to Profit When Oil and Gas Stocks Hit the Bargain Rack

Over the past week, oil and gas stocks have been quite volatile. But that's not bad news – not by a long shot.

In fact, this is always the time when energy investors should be on the hunt for bargains.

And there's one approach that works especially well in this situation...

Stocks to Buy

Three Stocks to Buy Now to Profit from this “Untapped” Energy Market

When Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto was sworn into office at the end of 2012, one of his major initiatives was to reform the country's energy sector as a whole.

And that's had investors searching for the best energy stocks to buy to profit from Mexico's energy reform.

After 76 years, the government is reworking the national constitution and creating a slew of new laws. And these three companies could see huge profit opportunities…

Energy Investing

The "Holy Grail" of Energy Investing Is Going to Make You – and Your Grandchildren – Rich

Storage has long been one of energy's biggest "Holy Grails." It holds the key to every significant move into smart grids.

The reason is pretty simple: If energy cannot be stored, it is lost. Even transferring it from one type of energy to another is of little consequence unless you can reverse the erosion in the entire system.

It's called entropy, and it's a pervasive problem.

Now, there are a number of rather complicated ways to explain this, but let's keep ours straightforward. Over time, a system ends up having more energy than can be readily used. This is always the biggest drain on any attempt to structure a more efficient approach.

So the basic question becomes how to "save" all of this energy from being lost.

That's what's at the center of a breakthrough project I came across yesterday...