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    The Russian financial situation is heading south again - and fast.

    Crude oil prices of less than $30 a barrel are bad enough, but Russia can't even fetch that. The country's "sour" high-sulfur export blend, Urals Export Blend Crude (UEBC), is trading at $26 a barrel - or less. Natural gas is faring even worse.

    The fact is, Russia is dependent on oil and natural gas exports to buoy its unwieldy central budget. So the world's largest country is in trouble, and serious trouble if it can't find a way out.

    There is a way out, though there's only one option, and it's far from certain whether Putin can make it happen.

    What is certain is that there's a juicy profit opportunity for us. Let me show you...

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The Second Arab Spring Just Began Unraveling – Here's What It Means for Oil Prices

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With major events unfolding in the Persian Gulf, 2016 is starting out as a dangerous year.

The next phase in the region's conflict is now underway and is already impacting crude oil prices.

And even before the events of this past weekend, opposing forces now require more than bread and circuses paid for with oil revenue.

That's because the current conflict involves more incendiary ingredients - led by the one factor certain to intensify ill will and heighten the conflict...

The Four Real Reasons Behind Lifting the U.S. Oil Export Ban

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Late in last week's congressional budget negotiations, a provision that would allow for the export of domestically produced crude oil was introduced.

The agreement also has broad-based bipartisan support and allows the president to reintroduce an oil export ban on national security grounds.

Make no mistake, this is not simply some campaign-season political machination to score brownie points with some voters.

There are four very real reasons behind the end of the export ban. And some of them may surprise you...

Negotiations Over Oil Production Broke Down – but Not for the Reasons You'd Think

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In the UAE's oil capital of Abu Dhabi, OPEC and Russia have been negotiating a coordinated cutting of oil production, which would lead to a movement up in global crude prices.

Unfortunately, any anticipation about these meetings was effectively negated over the past few days by three unexpected factors.

And while the Persian Gulf has long been the center of the world's energy markets, these three factors were, surprisingly, dictated elsewhere... the first one somewhere you'd least expect it...

What Investors Need to Know About Oil Prices in 2016

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Oil prices crashed through seven-year lows on Tuesday as the 2015 oil bear market looks set to continue into the new year.

But oil prices in 2016 are set to rise as several market forces shift.

Here's everything you need to know about oil prices in 2016.

Is There Any Chance the Keystone XL Project Could Be Revived?

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The Keystone XL project has been a contentious topic for seven years - since it was granted its first presidential permission to be built on March 8, 2008.

Recently, the venture was vetoed in what many considered to be the last course of action needed to officially kill it.

But they're wrong. With the following two factors, the Keystone XL project could come back yet again...

How to Play the Latest Dip in Oil and Natural Gas Prices

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Here in the energy sector, the other shoe has just dropped. Natural gas prices have now declined to their lowest point since 2012.

But in any shakeout like the one under way, there are always investment opportunities.

And I’ve identified two specific ways you can profit despite the lows we’re seeing right now for oil and gas.

Here’s my take on what’s affecting the markets today… and the two ways to play the current low prices to your advantage…

5 Surprising Ways Oil Prices Affect Our Everyday Lives

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The effects of oil prices are more far-reaching than most people realize.

That's because petroleum permeates nearly every corner of our economy.

For example, just recently it was revealed that low oil prices were going to hurt elderly Americans in particular. Last week, the federal government announced it will not increase the cost of living adjustment (COLA) for fiscal 2016 due to low gas prices.

Here are four other less-considered ways the price of oil impacts our lives...

The New Cold War Battlefield… and How It Will Affect Oil Prices

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What is transpiring in geopolitics prompts me to recall the depths of the Cold War.

Back then, the two superpowers - the United States and Russia - contested for leverage wherever they could. But the primary battlefield was Africa.

Well, déjà vu is now kicking in.

Here's where the new Cold War is being played out... and how it's going to influence the energy markets, especially oil prices...

What OPEC's New Romance with Russia Means for Oil Prices

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Low oil prices have brought OPEC and Russia to the brink of partnership, but don't expect this new closeness to radically raise oil prices. Here's what the real impact will be.

OPEC's decision to protect market share over price has even hit American producers, with their huge, expensive-to-extract new reserves of shale and tight oil.

This is an important development. It means that for the first time in nearly 11 months, geopolitics is likely to give support to higher crude - meaning oil prices get a new push.

Where the Next Oil Sector Profits Will Be Made (It's Not What You Think)

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We now have another indication that the oil pricing environment is causing a constriction in forward project commitments: Two more oil majors recently announced that they will cut capital spending.

These two announcements are the tip of a much bigger iceberg. The curtailment of future project commitments is just one of the results of low prices.

Here's the other major effect, how it will shake up the oil sector, and how one group of companies will come out on top...

How We'll Profit from Oil's M&A Cycle

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Low crude oil prices, combined with a crunch in energy debt, has ushered in expectations of a merger and acquisition cycle among oil companies.

So far, interest has centered on the U.S. oil sector. But recent news out of Australia makes it abundantly clear that the next M&A wave is going to have a far more global impact.

Here's what that means for the oil industry, and how we'll profit from it...

Canada's New Shale Oil Field Could Rival the Bakken

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Canada's energy industry may be most famous for its world-class oil sands resources. But a new shale oil field could surpass the oil sands as Canada's largest untapped oil reserve.

In fact, it could even rival the massive Bakken shale of North Dakota in terms of recoverable oil.

This area lies north of British Columbia and east of the Yukon. It's the Northwest Territories.

Recent data from Canada's National Energy Board (NEB) and the Northwest Territories Geological Survey shows that this area holds as much as 200 billion barrels of shale oil reserves. That compares to U.S. Geological Survey estimates that the Bakken shale formation will yield up to 7.4 billion barrels.

Not all of this Canadian oil is necessarily recoverable. But the Canol and Bluefish shales contain a total approaching 7 billion barrels of economically viable resources.

Here's a look at the vast potential of Canada's Northwest Territories...

How Much Oil Does the U.S. Have Compared to Other Countries?

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If one number summarizes the global oil market, it’s 93,002,710.

That’s how much oil was produced around the world every day in 2014. But how much oil does the U.S. have compared to the world’s top producers?

This chart shows how much the top 15 oil-producing countries generated in 2014…

Crude Oil Price Predictions 2015: Why the Market Is Gaining Traction

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Oil prices have gained 17.5% in the last month. This week, they reached $62 a barrel for the first time since December.

The rally reinforces our oil price predictions that WTI and Brent will rebound throughout 2015.

Here’s why we’re bullish on our projections - and how you can profit from their momentum…

3 Charts Show How Overvalued Some Oil Stocks Have Become

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The price of oil has climbed sharply in the last month. As of April 17, futures of WTI oil were priced as high as $56.81. That's a gain of more than 29% from their $44.03 bottom from mid-March.

Investors trying to play rebounding prices have flooded into oil stocks in the last month.

But investors trying to buy in now are looking at highly overvalued stocks. And these three charts show why...