Analysts and experts love to say the U.S. is "the Saudi Arabia of natural gas."
That statement implies the U.S. is to natural gas as Saudi Arabia is to oil: One of the world's top producers with decades (perhaps longer) worth of reserves of the commodity.
Wearing the crown as the world's largest gas producer has been both a gift and a curse for the U.S. A gift in that exploding production of the fuel at various shale plays throughout the country has created an economic benefit in the form of hundreds of thousands direct and indirect jobs. Not to mention, natural gas stands as perhaps the most viable avenue for the U.S. to significantly reduce its dependence on foreign oil.
That is the good news.
However, a burden has been endured by those who are investing in natural gas, looking to profit from the U.S. gas boom. Combine record production with the facts that demand has been tepid and natural gas is not yet widely used as a transportation fuel, and prices have plunged.
There are signs, faint as they may be, that natural gas is rebounding. Anyone interested in investing in natural gas can use some familiar ETFs to finally profit from that trend.