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    The energy news headlines these days are all about the failure of the Doha summit and the upcoming June OPEC meeting in the face of a historic, intractable global supply glut.

    But there's a takeover underway that's flying totally beneath the radar...

    In fact, the early stages are already complete - it started right in the United States' geopolitical "backyard," in the OPEC member-state of Ecuador.

    The power player moving in is of course none other than China. But it's certainly not going to limit itself to Ecuador.

    Here's what you need to know about this development...

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How ISIS Makes Money Will Surprise You…

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How ISIS makes money is often presented as a simple answer: Oil.

In fact, the U.S. Treasury Department believes ISIS makes up to $500 million a year selling oil.

You see, what most people don't know is that oil only accounts for a quarter of the terrorist group's income. But there's actually a much more sinister way ISIS funds terrorism that we discovered through a leaked document...

The Oil Sector's "Other Shoe" Just Dropped

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The "other shoe" is dropping for the oil sector, and it's going to affect each and every one of us.

This ripple effect will extend to much more than just oil and gas.

And it looms as an ongoing concern, one that is likely to have a longer-lasting effect than the price of oil itself - unless, that is, there is a reversal of trajectory.

How to Profit from the "Great Oil Turnaround" of 2016

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We've been able to make energy profits during the oil bear because I'm tracking opportunities outside of petroleum. One of my favorite alternative "oil-killer" energy plays, for instance, is up 45% since I recommended it. The global energy balance is simply shifting to favor these alternative energy sources.

But oil is still vitally important, and I'm pleased to report that it's going to be a bigger source of profits moving forward...

You see, towards the end of February, we saw signs that oil is about to turn the corner, with oil prices shooting up 8.5% in a single week.

While they later fell a bit, showing that volatility is still the name of the game, make no mistake...

A sustained rise in oil prices is coming.

To prepare for this trend, I've put together a plan for us to profit.

I'm tracking several companies across four different categories, but this one strategy will get you perfectly positioned to capture the biggest possible profits from the coming end of oil's decline.

In a moment, you'll see exactly how this plan will work.

But first, here's what's changed to allow for this turnaround in oil prices...

The Truth About the Big Oil Production Freeze

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With word swirling about Russia and Saudi Arabia agreeing to freeze oil production, the talking heads are up in arms about whether it will make any difference or not.

On the table is an accord to keep production at January levels, with most of OPEC probably following Saudi Arabia's lead.

In the short term, getting Iran on board is key. Today, meetings took place with Russia, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Venezuela on one side of the table, and Iran on the other.

The official goal was to get Iran on board with the production freeze. But my contacts are telling me a different story...

How to Cash In (Big) on Russia's Unique Oil Problems

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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...

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...