Cash in on a profitable end to the oil era
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Oil

Cash in on a profitable end to the oil era

Cheap oil stocks could still make a lot of money and carve out a new future before oil demand peaks
20 Oct 2020
Oil shares have never been this cheap – but will they just get even cheaper?
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Energy

Oil shares have never been this cheap – but will they just get even cheaper?

The oil sector is staggeringly cheap. But oil is still one of the most important commodities in the world. John Stepek looks at where energy stocks mi…
16 Oct 2020
Oil stocks: share prices in this hated sector are back at their Covid-19 lows – time to buy?
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Oil price

Oil stocks: share prices in this hated sector are back at their Covid-19 lows – time to buy?

Demand for oil plummeted as the world locked itself down, and oil producers’ share prices remain stuck at rock bottom. John Stepek explains why the se…
8 Oct 2020
Why it’s not worth recycling plastic
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Global Economy

Why it’s not worth recycling plastic

For decades, consumers have been led to believe that recycling plastic saves on waste. Unfortunately, it’s not true, says Simon Wilson. And that could…
3 Oct 2020
The oil-price rebound has stalled
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Oil

The oil-price rebound has stalled

The post-lockdown rally in the oil price has now stalled, with prices down by 6% since the beginning of September
1 Oct 2020
The electric-car bubble could get an awful lot bigger from here
Renewables

The electric-car bubble could get an awful lot bigger from here

The switch to electric cars is driving a huge investment bubble. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing, says John Stepek. Fortunes will be made and l…
24 Sep 2020
Oil producers are back at their Covid-19 lows – is it time to buy?
Oil

Oil producers are back at their Covid-19 lows – is it time to buy?

With demand for oil hammered by Covid-19 and talk of “peak oil demand”, there are lots of good reasons to be bearish on oil producers. So, asks John S…
22 Sep 2020

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Is this the end of the oil era? And if so, what should you invest in?
Oil

Is this the end of the oil era? And if so, what should you invest in?

Oil major BP says we may already have seen “peak oil demand”. What would that mean for your portfolio? John Stepek investigates.
17 Sep 2020
A “new deal” needn’t be green
UK Economy

A “new deal” needn’t be green

Britain is seeking measures to revive its Covid-ravaged economy. It should choose from a broader palette than just “green”, says Matthew Lynn.
13 Sep 2020
The oil price comes off the boil again
Oil

The oil price comes off the boil again

The oil-price rally has come unstuck, with Brent crude falling back by 12% so far this month to hit a two-month low. 
11 Sep 2020
10 September 1951: Britain boycotts Iran over the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company
This day in history

10 September 1951: Britain boycotts Iran over the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company

On this day in 1951, Britain boycotted and blockaded Iran after the latter nationalised the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company.
10 Sep 2020
27 August 1859: The birth of America’s oil industry
This day in history

27 August 1859: The birth of America’s oil industry

On this day in 1859, Edwin Drake struck oil in Titusville, Pennsylvania, proving that his pioneering drilling techniques were economically feasible.
27 Aug 2020
10 August 1842: Mines Act bans women and children from working underground
This day in history

10 August 1842: Mines Act bans women and children from working underground

The Mines and Collieries Act was passed on this day in 1842, forbidding any female, and any child below the age of ten, from working underground in th…
10 Aug 2020
BP halves its dividend
Income investing

BP halves its dividend

BP has announced a record quarterly loss for the three months to the end of June – $17.7bn – and cut its dividend in half.
6 Aug 2020
BP has slashed its dividend – and markets love it
Income investing

BP has slashed its dividend – and markets love it

BP has bowed to the inevitable and cut its dividend in half – and its share price promptly rose. John Stepek explains what it means for shareholders …
4 Aug 2020
Three stocks set for sustainable success
Share tips

Three stocks set for sustainable success

Professional investor Mark Denham of Carmignac highlights three of his favourite stocks that will allow investors to profit from the “renewables megat…
4 Aug 2020
Can the oil-price rally continue?
Oil

Can the oil-price rally continue?

The oil price has risen by 120% since its April low. But that is encouraging producers to increase supply.
31 Jul 2020
23 July 1952: European Coal and Steel Community is born
This day in history

23 July 1952: European Coal and Steel Community is born

Forebear of the European Union, the European Coal and Steel Community came into being in 1952 following the Treaty of Paris.
23 Jul 2020
Investing in a greener future
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Investing in a greener future

SPONSORED CONTENT – With a global focus on decarbonisation, the ever-growing renewable energy sector has great investment potential
21 Jul 2020
A bright future: the best ways to invest in solar energy
Renewables

A bright future: the best ways to invest in solar energy

Solar energy was long dismissed as unprofitable and unproven. But it has come of age. It is providing stiff competition to conventional energy sources…
3 Jul 2020
Watch out income investors – BP looks likely to cut its dividend in the near future
Income investing

Watch out income investors – BP looks likely to cut its dividend in the near future

Oil major BP is writing billions off the value of its assets as it struggles to adapt to the changing world. Unlike Shell, however, BP hasn’t yet cut …
15 Jun 2020
Could an ill wind hit renewable energy funds?
Renewables

Could an ill wind hit renewable energy funds?

Infrastructure is a good investment – but watch out for hidden risks, particularly in renewable energy.
9 Jun 2020