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Oil Investing

Oil investing hardly needs an introduction as the petroleum industry has been the single most influential industry in the last century. Yet, talks about peak oil and environmental concerns over fossil fuels have sparked new debates about the viability of oil-based energy and the future of oil investing. Today, the industry remains in a state of flux: on one hand, concerns over running out of conventional fuels have led us scrambling to find alternative sources, on the other hand, the lack of a better solution means that oil continues to be our most important energy source.

The oil investing archive below uncovers the most important factors affecting oil markets and oil stocks. Our in-depth analysis—featuring exclusive charts and data—reveals the best long-term trends in oil investing and identifies the actionable investment opportunities to profit from these trends.

Be sure to also check out Profit from the Shale Gas Revolution, our authoritative free guide on investing in the most prolific trend in energy of the last 50 years.

The Mystery of Bottomless Reserves

Despite the recent gains in oil output, reserves have more than kept pace thanks to new technologies and higher prices.

Saudi Arabia Still Calling the Shots

The leading OPEC member’s attempt to squeeze U.S. shale producers might not work. But no one can stop it from trying.

What’s Your Oil Company Worth?

The recent drop in crude prices could hurt some companies’ reserve estimates at year end, but these remain a useful guide for bargain hunters.

Searching for a Bottom

The crude correction is near the end after pricing out some of the costliest drilling prospects, and inexpensive rebound plays abound.

Low Gas Prices Are Not a Plot

Ignore claims of political manipulation. The dive in crude and shift to cheaper winter gasoline are the real drivers of the discounts at the pump.

A Needless Alarm Over Oil Reserves

Recent claims that drillers are dramatically overstating their resource potential stem from confusion over definitions.

Buying Fear, Selling Greed

The right time to own a leveraged oil driller isn’t as obvious as it might seem.

With Trusts, It Pays to Verify

Beware stock screeners that are only as good as their data. In the case of Whiting USA Trust, the apparent value is a mirage.

Down and Dirty With Fossil Fuels

The world’s favorite energy sources have important drawbacks as well, notably in terms of pollution and global warming.

A Slippery Slope for Crude

Oil’s recent slide has hurt energy stocks but should reward the patient investor.

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