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Power Hungry: Strategic Investing in Telecommunications, Utilities, and Other Essential Services


The Best Strategies for Investing in the Power Industry

The face of the utilities industry has changed dramatically since the deregulation laws were passed. And, in many ways, this has affected no one more than investors in this industry. How can you, as a sophisticated individual investor, take advantage of the recent changes and avoid the pitfalls while navigating this new terrain?

Written by industry expert Roger Conrad, Power Hungry can help you profit from the enormous potential in this field. Power Hungry details for the investor:
* How energy deregulation works
* The role of new technology in the utilities industry
* The aftermath of utility deregulation
* The most effective criteria for picking the best utility stocks

As the only book focused on investing within the energy, communications, and water industries, Power Hungry offers a comprehensive look at the past, present, and future of the utility industry, allowing you to make the most profitable investing decisions.

ROGER S. CONRAD edits Utility Forecaster, a twelve-year-old newsletter from KCI Communications which has a subscription list of more than 20,000. He is also the coauthor of two other books.


CHAPTER 1: A Shock to the System.

A New Paradigm.

Deep Roots.

Electrics Take the Bait.

Wholesale Changes.

A Taste of Armageddon.

Industry Profile: Jonathan Gottlieb.

CHAPTER 2: The High Price of Power.

Help Wanted: Power Plant Builders.

It's Gas, Gas, Gas.

Crisis of Confidence.

Industry Profile: Richard Osborne.

CHAPTER 3: Toward the Next Ma Bell.

The Rise and Fall of AT&T.

Vail's Revenge.

Secrets of Success.

The Next Ma Bell.

Industry Profile: Jim Linnehan.

CHAPTER 4: The New Politics of Water.

The Muni Monopoly.

The Worm Turns.

The New Order.

Water's Winners.

Diluting the Competition.

Industry Profile: Anton Garnier.

CHAPTER 5: The Foreign Invasion.

Going Global.

Back to the Future.

Why Go Abroad?

Managing Risks.

Winners and Losers.

Industry Profile: Dennis Bakke.

CHAPTER 6: Technology's Revolutionary Evolution.

Revolution's Evolution.

The Wireless Evolution.

Paradigm vs. Prophecy.

The Next Re-Evolution.

Industry Profile: John Howe.

CHAPTER 7: Riding the Boom.

Scapegoat and Savior.

Energy Efficiencies.

Wires and Pipes.

Wired for Growth.

Water Works.

The Winners' Circle.

Industry Profile: Nick DeBenedictis.

CHAPTER 8: Morgan, Mergers, and Money.

Empire Builders.

Back to the Future.

Picking Targets.

High Percentage Bets.

Consolidation's Limits.

Industry Profile: Robert Fagan.

CHAPTER 9: Hidden Treasure.

The Story of Diversification.

Success Stories.

Finding Assets.

Hidden Minefields.

Industry Profile: Rick Green.

CHAPTER 10: Five Rules for Investing Success.

Rule #1: Buy for the Long Haul.

Rule #2: Be Your Own Analyst.

Rule #3: Diversify.

Rule #4: Never Sell on Bad News.

Rule #5: Reinvest Dividends.

Industry Profile: Lowell Miller.

CHAPTER 11: The Surest Return.

Safety First.

Preferred Option.

Uncommon Common Stocks.

The Ideal Income Portfolio.

Industry Profile: Göran Mörnhed.

CHAPTER 12: The Consumer's Guide to Utility Deregulation.

Buyer Power.

Villains and Victims.

Tip #1: Take Control of What You're Paying For and Whom You're Paying.

Tip #2: Organize Whenever Possible.

Tip #3: If You Believe in Renewable Energies, Buy Green.

Tip #4: Use the Internet for Information.

Industry Profile: Tyson Slocum.

AFTERWORD Making Change Your Friend.

APPENDIX 1 Utility Data Bank.

APPENDIX 2 Mergers.

APPENDIX 3 Glossary.

APPENDIX 4 Model Portfolios.

APPENDIX 5 For Your Information.