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Energy Investing For Dummies


Learn to:

  • Analyze the major economic indicators in the energy markets
  • Add energy trading to your business or investment plans
  • Invest in new technologies like wind and solar power

Grasp energy investing and its place in the global economy

With timely, substantial information about energy stocks and market fundamentals, Energy Investing For Dummies explains the ins and outs of all energy sectors and how to incorporate them into business and investment plans. As a savvy investor and business manager, you'll find the important information and advice you need to integrate the big three markets — coal, natural gas, and oil — into your investment portfolio.

  • A bright investment — get a brief history of energy development and investments and understand how our needs for energy have changed and grown over time
  • The crude basics — discover the fundamentals of global oil and gas markets — like reserves, supply and demand, and drilling technologies
  • Mine for profits — grasp the major drivers of the global coal market, criticism of coal in the developed world, and how coal is being used in new ways
  • Get a reaction — understand why nuclear energy is always the center of debate, what this means for nuclear investments, and why some countries are pressing forward with plans for new plants
  • The winds of change — get the lowdown on modern energy investments: solar energy, wind energy, geothermal energy, alternative fuels, and electric vehicles

Open the book and find:

  • What you need to get started with energy investing
  • The risks and rewards of investing in energy
  • How to invest in oil and gas
  • Ways to leverage the international coal market
  • Nuclear energy basics
  • Top energy numbers to track
  • Energy technologies on the horizon

Nick Hodge is the founder of the Outsider Club, a community of retail investors looking to take personal control of their finances, and managing editor of Early Advantage, an investment advisory service that focuses on energy and resources. Jeff Siegel is an analyst and writer specializing in energy investing, with a focus on alternative and renewable energy. Christian DeHaemer is managing editor of the investment newsletter Crisis & Opportunity, and publishes a weekly column in Energy & Capital. Keith Kohl is the analyst and chief investment strategist for the investment advisories Energy Investor and Oil & Gas Trader.

Introduction 1

Part I: Getting Started with Energy Investing 7

Chapter 1: Powering Your Portfolio: Energy in Brief 9

Chapter 2: Making a Connection 15

Chapter 3: A Bright Investment: Running the World Takes a Lot of Energy 33

Chapter 4: Getting Ready: The Nuts and Bolts of Energy Investing 51

Chapter 5: Risks and Rewards of Energy Investing 67

Part II: Oil and Gas Investments: Greasing the Global Economy 79

Chapter 6: The Crude Basics 81

Chapter 7: Grasping Gas 99

Chapter 8: Buying the Barrel, Trading the Therm 117

Chapter 9: Drilling Down, Extracting Profits: Investing in Oil and Gas Companies 131

Chapter 10: Investing in Oil and Gas Indexes and Funds 145

Part III: Investing in Coal 161

Chapter 11: Coal: Still the King 163

Chapter 12: The Future of Coal 175

Chapter 13: Coal: Mining for Profits 185

Part IV: The Nuclear Option 197

Chapter 14: Nuclear Energy Basics 199

Chapter 15: Uranium in Your Cranium 211

Chapter 16: Harnessing Nuclear Power for Profit 223

Part V: Investing in the Future: Modern Energy 235

Chapter 17: Solar Investing: It’s Raining Electrons 237

Chapter 18: When the Winds Change Direction 249

Chapter 19: Geothermal: The Devil’s Hot Tub 259

Chapter 20: Transportation: Plugged-In and Corn-Fed 265

Chapter 21: Effi ciency: Doing More with Less 275

Chapter 22: Investing in Modern Energy 289

Part VI: The Part of Tens 297

Chapter 23: Top Ten Energy Investment Resources 299

Chapter 24: Top Ten Energy Data to Track 303

Chapter 25: Top Ten Energy ETFs 309

Chapter 26: Top Ten Energy Developments on the Horizon 313

Index 321