Weekend: Two Things...

Written By Nick Hodge

Posted May 29, 2011

Welcome to the Energy and Capital Weekend Edition — our insights from the week in investing and links to our most-read Energy and Capital and sister publication articles.

I’m an energy bull, no two ways about it.

Not an oil man. Not a gas man. Not a green man. But an energy man.

It’s not difficult to see why…

You don’t need to argue about production rates or subsidies or bird deaths or fracking techniques. You just need to look at this:

World Energy DemandThat’s it.

If you want to make safe, long-term profits in the market for the next forty years, invest in energy of all kinds.

Here’s a list of energy ETFs to get you started:

  • Oil Services (NYSE: OIH)

  • Ultra Crude Oil (NYSE: UCO)

  • Global Nuclear Energy (NASDAQ: NUCL)

  • Cleantech (NYSE: PZD)

If you’re 30 years away from retirement, you should be all set. If you’re not — or if you want to do more than buy and wait — listen up…

The Momentum’s Against You

While long-term population and energy demand trends will yield unavoidable profits in the market, short-term scenarios aren’t as cut and dry.

Political debate continues to swirl around various types of energy technologies.

The dollar ship continues to sink while the Fed adds holes to the hull.

Public debt in Europe and the EU continues to mount, putting pressure on both pension funds and traditional safe havens like bonds.

The middle class continues to erode.

Staying above water can be difficult enough in this environment, let alone trying to turn a respectable profit…

A study out this week from the National Bureau of Economic Research showed 50% of Americans would struggle to come up with $2,000 in a pinch.

Two Things


I talk to and know a lot of people in that very situation. Some of them are bogged down by circumstances outside their control, but most simply don’t know how to manage money or make a winning investment.

Even worse, they don’t know how policy, politics, and world markets affect them, their livelihoods, and their investments.

The first step to financial freedom is knowing what’s going on around you at any given time. Right now, we’re dealing with high prices for goods because of currency issues and inflation. Understanding what that means for you is a good place to start.


Once you’ve got a grasp on basic economic and market tenets, you can focus on investments that really grow your capital.

It takes connections, foresight, hard work, and guts to make it happen.

But when you get that first double- or triple-bagger, it’s all worth it.

Obviously, you won’t get those with the ETFs I mentioned earlier; but you can with exclusive stocks picks from me and my fellow editors.

Think of it like this: Solid demand growth for energy will foster stable profits for decades. But inside that macro opportunity, there are thousands of micro opportunities — not for stable appreciation, but for explosive gains from oil discoveries, new natural gas drilling techniques, game-changing clean technology breakthroughs, and more.

You can’t have an either/or approach; it has to be both.

You can’t secure a safe retirement only going after huge wins.

And you can’t bank huge wins by simply playing it safe.

But you can find all of this week’s profit ideas below.

Call it like you see it,

Nick Hodge
Editor, Energy and Capital

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