I think that given current global conditions, prices on oil, natural gas and solar power might be a good place to invest. What do you think about energy investments and what are the best strategies?
A number of different strategies exist for people to make energy investments. The most traditional strategy has been in oil and gas exploration, leasing or buying land that can potentially be drilled for oil and natural gas. Nevertheless, this strategy requires a large capital outlay and is not the type of investment strategy for a person with limited funds.
The most common strategy for energy investments involves buying crude oil, heating oil and natural gas futures. This option requires that you open a commodities trading account with a reputable commodities futures broker.
A wide variety of futures contracts on energy products trade futures contracts including: Light Sweet Crude Oil WTI (West Texas Intermediate), Natural Gas (Henry Hub), Heating Oil, Gasoline and Ethanol. Also, contracts for reduced quantities of Light Sweet Crude and Natural gas are also available.
Another more viable strategy to make energy investments is through the purchase of shares in companies which specialize in energy products. Oil and gas exploration companies, major oil drillers and refiners in addition to natural gas producers and distributors, all profit from increased energy demand.
Solar energy investments, made by investing in producers of solar panels and solar energy systems make up another strategy. Demand for solar power has increased considerably, with more and more industries and individuals becoming self sufficient in their energy needs.
Finally, the strategy of investing in companies which produce wind turbines, wind turbine energy generation systems and other alternative energy solutions offer the investor a wide selection of energy investments. As a general rule of thumb, you should research potential investments thoroughly before committing your funds.