When I first started my Total Wealth publication, I identified six "Unstoppable Trends," each of which has trillions of dollars behind it. I even went so far as to say that every dime you make for the next 10 years will be on that list of trends we're tracking.
Energy is on that list, with good reason.
Global energy demand has increased every year since the beginning of time. It's not just tied to human progress… it's literally the fuel for it. No wonder it's turned out more millionaires (and billionaires) than perhaps any other investing sector there is.
Yet in the last five weeks, something very unusual has happened.
Brent Crude – the most visible proxy for the state of energy markets – has dropped by more than 18% in just five weeks, going from $85.00 per barrel to a recent low of $69.50 per barrel, a four-year low. And the downturn is still in full swing, leading many investors to conclude that energy investing is a dead end.
You can certainly understand why they'd think that way… the Middle East is going up in flames, OPEC has started a badly miscalculated price war, and supply is plentiful, with the U.S. about to become the world's largest petroleum producer thanks to fracking and shale.
I've gotten more than a few emails asking this:
Is energy still an "Unstoppable Trend?"
Here's my answer…
In a word – absolutely. Energy is still an "Unstoppable Trend." Not just for the world economy, but for investors.
Growing world energy demand will require an estimated $48 trillion in investment by 2035, according to the International Energy Agency. Some 59% of this will be simply to maintain production at current levels, with the remaining 41% to meet rising demand.
I believe that figure is about half of what it should be, though. That's because aging infrastructure, warfare, and regional security requirements are rapidly accelerating the amount of investment capital needed to guarantee stable, long-term supply. That means we're probably looking at something on the order of nearly $80 trillion when all is said and done.
About the Author
Keith Fitz-Gerald has been the Chief Investment Strategist for the Money Morning team since 2007. He's a seasoned market analyst with decades of experience, and a highly accurate track record. Keith regularly travels the world in search of investment opportunities others don't yet see or understand. In addition to heading The Money Map Report, Keith runs High Velocity Profits, which aims to get in, target gains, and get out clean, and he's also the founding editor of Straight Line Profits, a service devoted to revealing the "dark side" of Wall Street... In his weekly Total Wealth, Keith has broken down his 30-plus years of success into three parts: Trends, Risk Assessment, and Tactics – meaning the exact techniques for making money. Sign up is free at totalwealthresearch.com.