What Lower Oil Prices Really Mean

What Lower Oil Prices Really Mean

One of the subtlest, most effective moves in sports is the head-fake. It's a thing of beauty when done well. In the energy commodity business, it can be disastrous to anyone who falls for it.

Right now, everyone is focused on low crude oil prices, and the subsequent layoffs and rig shutdowns that follow. I say it's a head-fake, because too many companies are buying into the narrative and scurrying for cover, while the smart money slips past them to victory.

In the past, a downward move of 50% would have spelled disaster for the oil and gas industry. This time, a convergence of new factors suggests a different view of what's happening. If you can read between the lines, you can seize your share of opportunities now, while prices are down, and march into the next cycle well ahead of your competition.

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