180: Oil prices continue to skyrocket
Oil prices dropped back to $90/bbl by 12th December, but please do not be fooled. In the run up to Christmas they again went up to $97/bbl supported by:
strong global demand
investors using oil as a hedge against inflation
inadequate supply - lower inventories in the USA
This is a brief rest before a surge in 2008 – we still maintain our prediction of £125/bbl by end 2008. The only good news we have found is that in 2008, there are a number of big new projects coming on stream in
No other meaningful or substantive alternatives are out there in the short term. Interesting to here of Tata’s announcement they will build cars selling for $4000 in
169: Oil supply crunch begins… protect yourself
168: Alarm bells ringing – oil price shock now on the horizon
163: Making Serious Money as asset prices plateau – resources and property
161: Resources winners and losers - ranked list for property investors
160: Find out the winners and losers in the biggest oil boom in history - about to happen...
159: Massive oil boom - the winners and losers - be prepared
158: Supply and demand scenarios - oil boom and the property investors insights
157: Impact of "Peak Oil" for Property Investment
151: Oil price $125 / bbl and rising…how to take advantage in property
150: Peak Oil shortly due to be reach – unique insights for a property investor
148: Take advantage of the oil/gas/coal boom – key insights
These free reports describe the best places to do property investing to take advantage of high oil prices. There will be a massive transfer of wealth from oil importing nations to oil exporting nations – like you have never seen before. Countries with no energy options will suffer dramatically. Those with masses of energy (e.g.
OPEC in early December claimed they have 4 million barrels a day of spare capacity – and the markets bought it. We very much doubt this synopsis. We believe OPEC may have a temporary 1 million barrels a day of spare capacity - no more. If you believe OPEC, the prices should drop to $75/bbl by mid 2008. If you believe us, then they’ll be at $125/bbl by end 2008 – even without major geopolitical issues and security tensions. So be prepared for a mother of all oil price hikes. And we repeat, don’t say we didn’t warn you!
It's a particular concern the border clashes between Turkey and Iraq, riots in Kenya and problems in Pakistan. Further tensions in general Middle East area could drive prices higher still.
For the property investor, some key considerations are:
· do not purchase property in far off places which take a tank full of gas to reach – this includes suburban homes with a very long daily commute to work centres
· be careful about purchasing holiday homes in places that need a 10 hour flight to reach (stay within 2-3 hour flight radius from major population centres)
· be careful not to purchase huge fuel inefficient homes in cold climates requiring much heating oil, gas or electric
· the lowest risk options are city central quality apartments close to services jobs
· consider purchasing property:
o in oil, coal, gas and mining boom towns (refer to the above special reports)
o close to oil company and oil services company offices
o in areas positively affected by renewable energy developments – solar, wind, hydro-electric, low energy conservation centres.
For US investors the best places to invest in the
Specific boom areas are the Green River area of
As we predicted, Houston has done well in the last few years to weather any downturn in the real estate market and we expect this to continue. But be very careful not to purchase property more than a 30 minute auto commute to a city centre – when oil prices skyrocket, people will want to move into the cities to reduce their fuel bills. Outlying suburban areas will suffer. An extreme example is – don’t buy a large detached suburban house 80 minutes commute to downtown
For Canadian investors, any property in