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The Cybersecurity Play That Doubled Once – Will Double Again

Not long ago, a relative of mine was the victim of identity theft. And I have to tell you that I really felt for the entire family.

The thief ran up nearly $20,000 in charges, opened new accounts and tried to open others.

And I can tell you that the frustrations over the losses (most of which ended up being covered) were dwarfed by the helplessness that came whenever new charges showed up – and the worry that was spawned by never finding out how the whole mess started.

As we watch the headlines about data breaches and cybercrime – and watch as the violations move closer and closer to home – those worries only escalate.

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  • How to Play the 'Syrian Premium' in Oil Prices Energy oil barrel small

    There's an uneasy lull in the Syrian crisis.

    Now that the Obama administration has decided to seek Congressional approval for a Syrian strike, we are in a hazy period before some major decisions are made.

    And while a Senate committee has approved a military move against Syria, further action will be slow to come. Congress is officially on recess until Monday.

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  • How to Find the Best Investments in Shale Oil It's raining money Some of the best investment opportunities today are in the energy sector. And there's one area in particular that's becoming so lucrative companies are tripping over each other to take part in it. But which are the best investments? We can tell you exactly where to start looking... Read more... Read More...
  • How Syria Affects Oil Prices Today Gasoline pump left Q

    As U.S. military personnel prepare for possible action against Syria, Brent oil prices are hovering near an 18-month high.

    On Thursday, Brent oil prices retreated slightly, but remained elevated, after starting the day above $116 a barrel. Prices for West Texas Intermediate (WTI) also retreated by a little more than 1%, closing the day at $108.80.

    Brent prices have climbed steadily following escalations across Egypt and the ousting of President Mohamed Morsi.

    Meanwhile, in the United States, improved infrastructure and greater network access have fueled WTI prices to near par with Brent this month.

    But Brent prices have spiked this week following news that the West may intervene in Syria, where a chemical attack was allegedly launched against civilians.

    Despite warnings from Russia and China, it remains unclear whether the United States will intervene. However, any action is likely to set off a chain reaction across the Middle East and could affect trade within the region, especially on oil shipments.

    Here are the details on how Syria affects oil prices, what that means for you - and how to profit.

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  • Jim Rogers on Why Oil and Gold Are Headed "Much Higher" Ammo AK47 q

    Legendary commodity investor Jim Rogers sees some serious problems stemming from the situation in Syria and the end of the Fed's generous flow of money.

    In an interview with Reuters on Tuesday, Rogers said "oil and gold will go much, much higher" due to a "market panic."

    "I own oil, I own gold, I own things like that and if there is going to be a war, and it sounds like America is desperate to have a war, they're going to go much, much higher," Rogers said. "Stocks are going to go down, some of the markets that I'm sure are already going down, commodities are going to go up. I'm not particularly keen on war, I assure you, but it sounds like they want it."

    Rogers continued, "No matter how well the plans are made, strange things happen in war and who knows what unintended consequence will come."

    Equities have been hit hard over worries of a war with Syria. The rout started late Monday following comments from U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry that the United States has a moral obligation to act on Syria's chemical weapon attacks. Selling picked up steam Tuesday with the Dow plunging 170 points.

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  • 2013 Oil Prices: Where We Go From Here Arrows Up Down 2 You can tell a lot about crude oil prices by studying one key pattern - a pattern that has abruptly reversed of late. The reasons for the sudden change could have a profound impact on energy investors...

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  • The Shale Oil Boom is Going Global (Starting With This Huge Deal in Argentina) The U.S. and Canada dominate the shale oil boom, but that’s about to change. Dr. Kent Moors details where these other big shale oil reserves reside.
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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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  • 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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  • 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...
  • How to Hedge Oil Prices in Volatile Markets The prospects are very good for the oil prices. But the markets promise to be volatile. Here's the best way to build an "oil insurance plan." Read more... Read More...
  • Frack or Fail: Is It Time For California's Liberals to Go? California is in a LOT of trouble financially. Cities are going under and the state can't balance its budget. It also has almost half a trillion in state pensions to fund and revenue is drying up.
    But there is one way out: Tap the largest oil and gas play in the Lower 48.
    The question is, whether this left leaning state crowded with special interests like the Sierra Club will actually let oil services companies begin to start fracking on state land.
    In our inaugural Money Morning Fight Club brawl, Frank Marchant and Garrett Baldwin square off on this contentious issue. The best part is we are asking you to turn in your scorecard and pick the winner at the end.
    So let's get ready to rumble...
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  • Why the "Death of Peak Oil" Still Won't Mean Cheap Oil Energy oil barrel small

    Today (Wednesday) an analyst from Citigroup became the latest lemming to declare the death of peak oil.

    In a report entitled "The End is Nigh," Seth Kleinman says a combination of flattening demand and rising supply will cause oil prices to slide slightly by the end of the decade to $80-$90 a barrel.

    But while oil companies have made many large new discoveries over the past few years, including big shale oil finds in North America and Australia as well as deepwater finds in the Gulf of Mexico, that doesn't mean oil prices will fall.

    In fact, according to Money Morning Global Energy Strategist Dr. Kent Moors, it's far more likely that oil prices will continue to rise over the next decade.

    Moors points out what most other analysts seem to be missing - that all of the new oil finds present many challenges that will add to the cost of extraction.

    "None of this new volume is light, sweet crude," Moors said. "The average wellhead costs continue to go up, and that moves its way downstream to processing, wholesale, and retail."

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