Energy

Selling the silver

Beware of investment trusts that are spending beyond their means

We're on the cusp of a revolution in the energy industry. It's one that could redraw the energy map of the world, give humanity the ability to tap essentially unlimited power sources, and – if you make the right investments – make a fortune for investors.

In short, we're living through a change in the way the world produces and consumes energy. It is a transition that's well under way. And it's being driven by the convergence of several key technological trends that are showing no sign of abating.

While you wouldn't be alone in thinking that solar power was further away than ever, you could be wrong. Solar is on the brink of becoming the world's dominant energy source.

Oil is back in a bear market - how much longer will it last?

The oil price has fallen to around $45 a barrel. John Stepek examines the reasons behind the oil bear market, and asks how much further prices are likely to fall.

Chart of the week: a seismic shift in energy markets

Opec and the oil giants expect decades of growth in the energy market. But they may be missing “seismic shifts” in technology or policy that could nullify or crimp oil demand.

Why the sun hasn’t shone for SQN

Jon Rebak takes another look at SQN Asset Finance Income Fund to see how the fund has got on.

It looks like we’ve reached stalemate in the oil price wars

The oil price has refused to budge despite oil cartel Opec and Russia cutting back on production. John Stepek explains why, and looks at what that means for investors.

The UK's diesel emissions crisis is another gift from the EU

Statism and corporatism led to misplaced support for flawed diesel engines, argues James Lewisohn.

“Whatever it takes” – can Draghi’s magic words work in the oil market too?

Saudi Arabia’s finance minister says Opec will do “whatever it takes” to bring the oil price under control. Will it succeed? John Stepek investigates.

Opec can’t tame US shale oil producers

In trying to beat US shale oil producers, Opec has a serious fight on its hands. And it’s only going to get harder.

Showing page 1 of 2
Latest Brent crude oil price
 chart
Click here for a more detailed oil chart