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The City of London is hands-down the most important energy financing command center on Earth. More money for oil and gas projects is raised within a three-mile radius of Liverpool Street station than anywhere else in the world.
Naturally, this part of town is packed to the rafters with some of energy's most influential and important "money men" and women.
When I was at the Palace of Westminster for a closed-door energy briefing at the House of Lords, these financiers were absolutely electrified by one recent development.
Every March at Windsor Castle, leading global energy figures come together for the Windsor Energy Consultations.
Now, I'm not allowed to say who said what at the meeting this year. But that same rule also makes everyone be very frank in their discussions of energy.
This led to some very revealing discussions... and to agreement on the three most important shifts changing the energy sector right now.
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.
Oil "sages" everywhere are now calling for $40 to $50 a barrel of oil by mid-year, calling on vague rumors of a Saudi-Russia production deal, costly shale oil producers collapsing, or the energy debt crisis as proof.
But they're overlooking one crucial thing - the main signal that oil prices are turning around. You see, the largest move of its kind ever just took place in oil markets... $600 million worth in one day.
The price of crude oil struggled to stay above the $30 mark today as Big Oil firms report weak earnings and hopes of a production cut from OPEC fade.
But there are five reasons why investors shouldn’t avoid the energy sector in 2016.
Crude oil prices plummeted below the critical $30 mark today as investors remain concerned over Iran's oil operations.
Today's monster sell-off comes ahead of a report from the IAEA on the state of Iran's nuclear program.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Two reasons why WTI crude oil prices are down today are the Greek debt negotiations and looming Iran deadline.
The international news has big implications on where WTI oil prices are headed the rest of the year.