Ameratex Energy pays out big dividends to lucky investors. Much of the speculative nature of oil-gas investments involves drilling to find oil and gas reserves that will be profitable to develop and money is sometimes spent where they are unsure as to the size of the oil reserve or gas pocket. Normally, propane and heating oil prices have fallen in New England and Atlantic Canada by about 10% since January 1st, 2012. The primary driver of heating oil and propane prices is the price of crude oil, which has been falling since January 1st, 2012. Extreme weather, seasonal demand, supply disruptions and speculation can also affect short-term propane and heating oil prices. Therefore, to get an idea of where heating fuel prices could go, you have to understand where crude oil prices could go. Historically, in the past, over a period of several decades (and beyond), there has almost always been a sizable number of what could be called "professional middlemen" who operated in the oil and other commodity "secondary market" trading industries who are primarily but genuinely driven by the belief or inner conviction that working as an intermediary in the industry is a reasonable path to honest living which, if not leading one to an instant wealth, then at least to a reasonable means of livelihood and steady economic progress and well-being. The mutual funds that invest in the energy sector typically invest in large and independent oil and gas companies. They also invest in drilling, which can be more speculative in nature, but give a larger return if oil or gas is discovered. Oil prices have primarily dropped due to concerns over the economic growth rates of the United States, China and Europe. Slower economic growth leads to lower demand for oil, and therefore lower prices. Global markets are impossible to forecast since there are too many variables. Therefore, no one can accurately predict the price of oil - beware of people or companies that try to convince you they can forecast ameratex oil prices. These events will likely lead to lower 2012 crude oil prices: Lower predictions for the global economic growth and recovery, and therefore lower oil demand; No resolution to the European debt crisis, and therefore a belief that Europe's economies will continue to suffer; Conflicts in Africa and the Middle East get resolved in 2012 and oil supply increases (e.g. Yemen, Syria, Sudan and Iran). These events will likely lead to higher 2012 crude oil prices: Decrease in oil supply from African and Middle Eastern countries due to conflict or economic sanctions (e.g. Yemen, Syria, Sudan and Iran); AmeratexEnergy Forecasts for global economic growth improve, particularly in the United States, China, or Europe; The European debt crisis is resolved in 2012 and Europe's economies improve. If it's really important for you to predict your budget for winter fuel bills, then you should consider a Price Protection Plan if you live in NH, Maine or VT, or a Cap Pricing Program if you live in NB, NS, NF or PEI. With these options, you'll be able to budget for the upcoming heating season. If you would prefer to pay a market price or are absolutely convinced that heating oil or propane prices will fall from here, then you can choose a variable pricing option.