The oil price has risen by 20% this year – far outstripping the stockmarkets. John Stepek looks at the reasons for its rise, and what might happen from here.
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.
Try as it might, says Alice Gråhns, oil cartel Opec just can’t seem to mop up the oil glut.
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.
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.
Jon Rebak takes another look at SQN Asset Finance Income Fund to see how the fund has got on.
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.
Statism and corporatism led to misplaced support for flawed diesel engines, argues James Lewisohn.
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.