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Investors searching for how to invest in oil in 2013 should be focused on these latest developments from the Arctic.
In fact, countries are racing to get a piece of what could be the final frontier for oil...
As ice melts in the Arctic region, oil and gas trapped beneath the water becomes more accessible.
Money Morning Global Energy Strategist Dr. Kent Moors recently explained to Money Morning members about the search for Arctic oil and gas.
He spoke about the years-in-the-making U.S. Geological Survey's Circum-Arctic Resource Appraisal. The study found that 84% of the total undiscovered oil and gas left on the planet is located above the Arctic Circle, mainly offshore and in three huge basins that lie under shallow seas.
How to Invest $280 Million
The search was still on in Florida Tuesday for the winner of the largest Powerball jackpot in history.
The winning ticket is worth $590.5 million. The winner could claim a lump sum of about $371 million and after the lottery withholds 25% to pay federal taxes, would be left with nearly $280 million after taxes.
That means the winner will be able to decide how to invest $280 million - likely more money than they've ever had before - if, of course, it's not spent in a frivolous splurge.
How to Invest in Tech in 2013
If you want to know how to invest in tech in 2013, there's a major shift you should understand.
For much of the past three decades, technology companies have been huge sources of share-price growth. Some of the world's biggest tech companies have let growth stock investors latch on to their innovation potential and watch the share prices soar above other sectors.
These tech stocks have been a great growth story for decades, and their industry dominance has led to huge profits and cash piles.
But, the growth leaders have changed.
How to Invest Like Warren Buffett
If you want to know how to invest like the best, a good place to start is with Warren Buffett.
He now ranks fourth on Forbes' Richest Billionaires list, with a new worth of $53.5 billion.
Part of the reason for his success: He was never swept up in the euphoria of Wall Street crowds.
Behind the small-town-boy-turned-mogul story is a keen mathematical mind that has been honed into a highly successful stock-picking machine. Buffett began under the mentorship of the late Benjamin Graham, the father of value investing. Buffett perfected his skill through countless hours of studying annual reports of virtually every American publicly traded company over the last five decades.
Now the Oracle of Omaha's Berkshire Hathaway empire consists of some of the most recognized U.S. brands.
Buffett's "Big Four" investments - American Express Co. (NYSE: AXP), The Coca-Cola Co. (NYSE: KO), International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE: IBM) and Wells Fargo & Co. (NYSE: WFC) - represent the kind of businesses Buffett trusts his money to.
"The four companies possess marvelous businesses and are run by managers who are both talented and shareholder-oriented," Buffett wrote in his 2012 Berkshire Hathaway shareholder letter. "We much prefer owning a non-controlling but substantial portion of a wonderful business to owning 100% of a so-so business."
By taking a closer look at Buffett's career, and his favorite investments, we pinpointed three key factors to Buffett's investment formula that separate him from the common investor.
These factors, employed at key moments in Buffett's decision-making process, reveal a sophisticated formula for stock selection, as well as exploiting opportunities when other investors overreact.
Investing in 2013: Best Bets in an Uncertain Economy
If you're planning on investing in 2013, economic uncertainty probably will be a factor in deciding where to put your money - but some sectors stand out as solid prospects regardless of the economic climate.
Here's a breakdown of the best sectors for your money in the New Year.
Hot Sectors for Investing in 2013Silver: With economic uncertainty expected for the near term, gold is typically considered the best hedging choice.
But, as Money Morning Global Resources Specialist Peter Krauth pointed out in his 2013 silver price forecast, silver actually provides more potential for appreciation - and at a far better starting price.
Krauth says the white metal, currently selling for around $30 an ounce, could move to a new high of $54 an ounce in 2013 - and not just because of its hedging value.
Investment demand for silver should continue to increase, driven by the creation and expansion of several silver-backed exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and increased minting of silver coins.
Industrial use of silver is expected to grow even faster. That's largely due to the use of silver in solar panel manufacturing, which consumed 60 million ounces in 2012.
Solar panel usage is expected to grow as a result of U.S. President Barack Obama's emphasis on alternative energy and increased demand from Japan, which has made a major shift away from nuclear power in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster.
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Don't Let Wall Street Play You For a "Fool"
If you're like me when you go out shopping, you look for deals. You watch for sales. And you search out bargains. Why pay full price when you can get the same item at a hefty markdown?
That's an economic concept known as "price elasticity." This "rule" essentially says (and I'm dramatically oversimplifying this) that when the price of a product rises, demand for it falls.
But here's the part of this "law" that I really find fascinating: When it comes to the "real-world" products and services that you and I purchase, there are no exceptions.
Except for the stock market.
Time and again during my 30-year career as a financial journalist, I've watched this play out.
When stocks are cheap, nobody wants them (by "nobody," I'm referring to individual investors). But once stocks move, and the higher they go, the more individual investors want to buy them.
Need an example? Think back to the dot-com madness of 1999 and 2000; the higher they soared, the more investors had to have them.
Economists refer to this exception to the law of price elasticity of demand as the "bandwagon effect." But there's a better term: The "Greater Fool Theory," which demonstrates how Wall Street uses the retail investor.
That's right ... uses. Those experts have labeled this as the Greater Fool Theory because there's always some other ("greater") fool to unload the stock on - at least until the retail investor decides not to play.
You see, the retail investor is the designated loser - the ultimate "Greater Fool."
Think of it as a game of musical chairs - but one in which the outcome is predetermined: Wall Street investment banks set this game up so the retail investor gets left holding the bag.
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If You Want to Be a Winner, Follow These Four Rules
Last month, our in-house metals-and-commodities expert Peter Krauth hosted one of his regular conference calls for his Real Asset Returns advisory service subscribers.
Peter's guest was Rick Rule, founder of Sprott Asset Management's Global Companies unit - a real heavy-hitter and one of the sharpest resource investors you'll find.
Rick is always engaging and provocative, and his presentation to Real Asset subscribers was no exception.
He capped off predictions for gold, energy and other commodities with four rules successful resource investors must follow.
And they're so good I had to share them with you.
Rule No. 1: Use Common Sense: "If it something sounds too good to be true, it is too good to be true," Rick told the conference call audience.
The Takeaway: Like all of Rick Rule's Rules, this one applies to all investments, not just commodities. For maximum gains and minimum heartache, be realistic about your expectations, thoroughly understand what you're getting into, manage your risk and don't succumb to hype.
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Monday's Stock Market News: UPS Inc. (NYSE: UPS), US Steel Corp (NYSE: X), Glencore
Monday's stock market news from United Parcel Service Inc. (NYSE: UPS), U.S. Steel Corp. (NYSE: X), and Glencore International Plchelped drive gains in U.S. markets. The Dow moved up a slim 0.05% to close at 13,239.13; the S&P 500 climbed 0.4% to close at 1,409.75; and the Nasdaq rose 0.75% to 3,078.32.
United Parcel Service Inc. (NYSE: UPS) biggest deal in company history: UPS announced Monday a $6.77 billion deal to buy Netherlands-based delivery service TNT Express NV to bolster global sales growth.
TNT is Europe's second-biggest express mail company. Its acquisition will double the UPS presence in Europe and give it about the same market share as the region's industry leader DHL. The deal also will boost UPS's international sales to 36% of its total from 26% currently - a significant leap towards the company's goal of 50%.
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How to Invest: Finding Profits in Any Market
The traditional ways of saving money aren't enough anymore.
Over the past few years, it's more than likely that your portfolio took a huge hit... your house lost value... and all the dollars you have tucked away for a rainy day lost value with each passing day.
Whether you realize it or not, you're getting burned.
It's time to look at investing in a completely new way.
The old asset allocation models your stockbroker once promised would never lose money (How did that work out for you, by the way?) are the way of the past. The "growth stocks" aren't growing. The "value stocks" have lost their value.
You need a new plan. And we have it for you.
Here at Money Map Press, we use a 50-40-10 model that guarantees real growth from a solid base of investments and reduces your exposure to risk. To learn more about this strategy - and what the Money Map Report is recommending right now, click here.
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