Bullish euphoria continues to permeate Wall Street as evidenced by the S&P 500′s seemingly perpetual ascent into previously uncharted territory. Economic data remains mixed however and investors are finding it harder and harder to blame the slowdown on the nasty winter weather, which is why U.S. equity benchmarks have largely traded sideways following the most recent employment report from March 7th [for more commodity futures news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].
The $6 trillion global energy industry has undergone a lot of changes over its long history, from the first successful oil tanker developed by Sweden in 1878 to the first mobile steel barges for offshore drilling developed by the Texas Company in the early 1930s. But, in the modern era, hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) stands out as the single most important innovation [for more fracking news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].
When you send your money out into the world, you want to be reasonably assured it can come home whenever it wants, hopefully grown up and enriched by the world. However, finding a steady return on investment in today’s financial markets is no easy task. As the fiscal cliff approaches, China is poised for a hard landing, Ben Bernanke hints at QE3, and Greece gets the boot from the Euro, credit is tightening and it’s easy to feel hesitant about sending your money off into volatility.
In 2012, market volatility is par for the course for any serious investor. The struggle for consistent growth and return on investments is one being waged in all markets across the world; however, income investors remain wary of commodities as a source for positive value. Conservative investors quick point to the prospect for volatility that exists when adding commodity stocks to their portfolios may be missing out on the growth that exists in their dividend potential. Through selective research and investing, commodity stocks are a solid approach to generating higher returns in, while simultaneously increasing the stability of, your portfolio [for more commodity news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].