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As the longtime subscribers among you folks know, we love spin-offs here at Private Briefing.

These corporate breakups are a way to make market-beating returns – and at below-market risk.

It’s that penchant for spin-offs that prompted our pre-breakup recommendation of Abbott Laboratories Inc. (NYSE: ABT) back in June 2012.

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  • Another Shoe Has Dropped… and It's a Big One

    I wasn't more than 30 minutes outside of D.C. the other night before my cell phone started ringing.

    The calls involved breaking new developments overseas that promise to have a big impact on the global energy markets. They concerned a major global energy situation that is likely to create a domino effect that will have consequences for U.S. domestic policy.

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  • The Next Best Investments in Oil Come From This Texas Sweet Spot drop of a black liquid

    As I wrote up this analysis of the best investments in oil, a familiar saying came to mind: "Everything old is new again."

    A truer statement could not be said about the Permian Basin, which is a geological formation roughly 300 miles long and 250 miles across that stretches across west Texas and eastern New Mexico.

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  • It's Time to Climb Aboard the Oil-by-Rail Boom Rail transit is about to make you some big money...in oil.

    That's why I'll be headed to Dallas in late August and Calgary mid-September for extensive meetings with all of the key players.

    I can promise you, that in a hurry this is going to get a lot bigger.

    As it happens, I'll be providing all of the details for average investors to profit from this monumental change.

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  • DON’T BE SO ARROGANT, MR. PRESIDENT Empires have come and gone. Some lasted a blink of an eye and some millennia.
    The question is, after 9/11, the rise of China and a great financial crisis, where does the U.S. empire stack up to its predecessors?
    Well, it seems the one commonality they all have is the point when their might was undermined by sloth and greed. And entitlements: free bread and circuses. For some it took years, others centuries.
    Here, in a compelling and unique address, is what Romulus Augustus, the last emperor of the Roman Empire, might say to President Obama now about how to keep America great.
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  • Are Higher Oil Prices in 2013 About to Set Off an Inflationary Spiral? With higher oil prices now, does that mean looming inflation? Here’s how this situation is different than before, and how it will affect your money. Read More... Read More...
  • A Big Time Squeeze for Refineries is About to Begin Energy oil barrel

    After banking some very hefty profits for Energy Advantage and Energy Inner Circle subscribers on refining stocks earlier this year, the entire sector now is about to land "between a rock and a hard place."

    Once a high-flying place for investors to earn substantial profits, refiners have been under pressure for the last two months. But that's actually just the beginning of what's to come.

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  • Why "Deleveraging Markets" Will Drive Up Oil Prices

    I’m set to appear on Fox Business Network this afternoon (at about 2:50 Eastern) to deliver this revelation, but you heard it here first.

    Recently, I have been suggesting a narrow trading band for both West Texas Intermediate (WTI) and Brent crude in London. They’re trading today at about $96.00 and $103.00, respectively.

    But two developments are threatening to heat things up yet again – and fast.

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  • Is Egypt Affecting Oil Prices? Is Egypt Affecting Oil Prices

    With 'black gold on the rise, is it solely Egypt affecting oil prices, or is there another factor at play?

    Oil prices hit a nine-month high this week as the "next Arab Spring" erupted in Egypt. Money Morning Global Energy Strategist joined FOX Business to answer: "Why does this have an impact on oil prices? Is it because Egypt's near oil transport regions?"

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  • The Latest Obama Outrage: the Family's $100 Million Vacation Flip flops Q

    How much do you spend on your summer vacation? American households usually spend about $1,200 per person on summer vacations, according to a recent American Express survey.

    Presidents spend more on their vacations than you or I. They have to. Air Force One and security does cost more than loading the Honda and heading to the beach.

    Here's how much some recent presidents spent our tax dollars on vacation.

    Ronald Reagan spent most of his free time at his California ranch. Taxpayers covered the cost of approximately $8 million for presidential travel during Reagan's first six years in office, according to the Los Angeles Times. That amounts to $1.3 million a year.

    For George Bush the cost of flying Air Force One to his Texas ranch was approximately $56,800 per trip, for each of the 180 trips according to Media Matters. President Bush spent Christmas during his two terms at the White House so his staff and secret service could spend the holiday with their family, according to Conservative Byte.

    Now Obama plans to blow away all previous presidents' leisure travel costs on our dime with a better than Disney World extravaganza trip to Africa.

    However Obama had to cancel the safari because of the need to fill the surrounding jungle with snipers to guard the president from wild animals!

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  • Why the Fed's QE Policy is Bullish for Oil Prices

    Most investors have followed what the Fed's QE policy has done to gold, but few realize its impact on oil prices.

    Recently, I talked about how crude was beginning to occupy a position as a store of market value ("Why Oil Is Becoming the New 'Gold Standard," May 20, 2013). The development has been a direct consequence of the flight from holding gold.

    That flight may be tapering and a new floor established for the next major spike by the metal.

    The problem is there is no agreement on which direction that move will be...

    These days, a sudden improvement in gold prices may only extend as far as hedge funds and institutional investors covering shorts.

    Nonetheless, there is an interesting parallel developing between the plight of gold and crude oil prices.

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  • Are the "Special Few" Manipulating Oil Prices? Major oil traders profit from artificially created market moves, spiking oil prices. Here's what Dr. Kent Moors found... Read more... Read More...
  • These Oil Stocks Are the Big Winners in This Year's "Summer Pop"

    I have been "in the field" for the past several days and will be back in circulation later this week. But I wanted to send you a note on what's been taking place recently.

    The last two trading sessions have seen a spike in oil stocks. The rise has been focused on companies that provide services to early-stage field development, as well as for crude production.

    Now, we have witnessed a similar "summer pop" in each of the past three years. It tends to signal a rise in expected medium-term demand for both crude oil and oil products.

    However this time around, the improvement isn't reflected in companies across the board, but rather in those emphasizing geographically specific field plays.

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  • How to Invest in Oil's Final Frontier: The Arctic Polar bear

    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.

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  • Why Oil Is the New "Gold Standard" As gold loses some of its luster, Dr. Kent Moors explains why crude oil has become a much better reflection of stored market value. Read more... Read More...
  • Oil Price Manipulation Awakens Libor, Enron Ghosts Energy oil barrel

    Last July, we warned you that oil prices could potentially be manipulated in similar fashion to the London Interbank Offered Rate (Libor), and now a recent raid of major oil companies highlights this growing danger to the $3.4 trillion-a-year crude market.

    The European Commission last week stormed the offices of Royal Dutch Shell PLC (NYSE ADR: RDS.A, RDS.B), BP PLC ( NYSE ADR: BP), and Statoil ASA (NYSE ADR: STO) as part of the ongoing investigation to find out whether companies are manipulating oil prices and, if so, how long it has been going on and the possible ramifications.

    "The commission has concerns that the companies may have colluded in reporting distorted prices to a price reporting agency (PRA) to manipulate the published prices for a number of oil and biofuel products," the EC said in a statement.

    Besides major oil companies, big banks are active in the energy market and would likely benefit from any manipulation, David Frenk, director of research at the financial reform group Better Markets and a former commodities analyst, told CNN.

    The ordeal has brought back memories not only of last year's Libor scandal but also of the actions taken 12 years ago by Enron to control energy prices.

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