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Since discovering new sources of oil and gas is part of the nature of the business for the future,
they can incur expenses that seem large when they are looking for new sources and initial
capital requirements to develop the oil-gas investments that they locate.

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.

Oil and gas investments are normally considered safe investments, as they are commodities
that will be used for various of years in the United States. While the prices can fluctuate greatly,
large amounts of money can be made in oil-gas investments if you do some research and buy
or sell at the right time.

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 gone down because of 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 predict 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 most 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);

Ameratex Securities 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.

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.

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