If you're reading this today, the world did not come to an abrupt end on December 21, 2012.
There were no fiery asteroids falling from the sky, no volcanoes erupting in Hong Kong, no tsunamis swallowing New York City or massive earthquakes violently forcing the continents back into a Pangean supercontinent...
The so-called Mayan Prophecy, which is actually a modern-day invention, was a dud — just like every other “end of the world” scenario that's ever been placed in front of us as a call to prepare.
Prepare for what, I always wonder...
Quite frankly, if nearly all life was wiped out on the planet, I don't want to be one of the only guys left standing in a post-apocalyptic world. The thought of spending the rest of my life eating canned food and drinking bottled water is not one that I find particularly appealing, and I sure as hell don't want the responsibility of perpetuating the human race after everything is reduced to rubble.
No, if the proverbial poop was set to hit the fan, I want a front-row seat to that tsunami.
Thankfully, this is not something I really have to worry about. I didn't buy the Mayan Prophecy scam, and I won't be too distracted by the next “end of the world” prophecy that, by my calculations, will begin to be hyped sometime around mid-2013.
Because let's face it; we can't go too long thinking that some peyote-smoking philosopher from an ancient civilization hasn't unlocked the mysteries of the universe.
Predictions that Matter
When it comes to predictions, I prefer objective data and research over interpretations of 5,000-year-old calendars — no matter how aesthetically pleasing they may be.
Of course, “end of the world” predictions are pretty meaningless. After all, if you're right, you're still screwed.
The only predictions I tend to pay attention to are those that can lead me to success in the coming weeks, months, and years...
For instance, early predictions of a solar rush in 2005, 2006, and 2007 made sense. They were backed by solid research and accurate growth modeling. I'm thankful I took those predictions seriously, as I was able to help readers like you make a fortune.
Early predictions on domestic shale and fracking, most of which were made by my colleagues Keith Kohl and Brian Hicks, also turned out to be quite accurate. Their analyses were spot-on — and for the past few years, we've all been making a ton of dough in the domestic oil and gas space. In fact, to this day, Keith continues to crush it with these three domestic oil and gas plays in particular.
Another colleague of mine, Nick Hodge, nailed the real estate angle this year... While most analysts were still shaking off the housing bust, Nick figured out a way to capitalize on a government loophole that's allowed regular investors like you to legally turn $1,000 properties into $40,000 profits.
I'm telling you, if you're looking for predictions that matter, it's in these pages that you'll consistently find them.
This Ride Won't Last Forever
Although we've already published a number of predictions for 2013, there's one more that I'd like to leave you with before most of us head off for the holidays.
It's not a technically specific prediction about coal or gas or renewables, but it's one that I have no doubt will come to fruition. And more important, it's one that can absolutely guide you to success in the coming year.
Stocks are coming back in 2013.
Here's the deal...
The Fed came out just over a week ago and predicted that unemployment will remain high until at least 2015, so they're going to keep rates low until unemployment falls to 6.5%.
And as a hedge, Bernanke said he'd still consider keeping rates low, even if unemployment does hit 6.5%.
The Fed is also doubling the purchases of bonds.
As a result, rates are dropping again and savings accounts, CDs, and U.S. Treasuries are now burning holes in wallets all over the country.
Bottom line: Next year the only place to park your money — aside from real estate — is the stock market.
And mark my words: We're going to be loading up the boat in 2013.
Of course, this ride won't last forever. Eventually, the inflationary chickens will come home to roost...
But we're going to make the most of it while it lasts.
There's one angle we're actually playing right now that we know will pay off enormously in 2013. It's actually a Warren Buffett play, but regular investors like you can get in on this action, too, simply by coming in through the back door.
It's completely legal, as long as you know how to play it. I've outlined the details for you here.
To a new way of life and a new generation of wealth...
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Jeff is the managing editor of Energy and Capital and contributing analyst for the Energy Investor, an independent investment research service focusing primarily on stocks in the oil & gas, modern energy and infrastructure markets. He has been a featured guest on Fox, CNBC, and Bloomberg Asia, and is the author of the best-selling book, Investing in Renewable Energy: Making Money on Green Chip Stocks. For more on Jeff, go to his editor's page.