Many people are desperate for any decent yield these days, which is making oil and gas funds (with payouts that can stretch into the double digits) look attractive.
But the trouble with buying these funds now is that you’re putting yourself at risk of price drops far bigger than any yield you might collect. That’s a worst-case scenario for anyone in retirement or hoping to clock out in the next few years.
Another thing to consider is that the argument for investing in energy funds is based on the recent improvement in oil prices, which appears to be accelerating.
Recent Oil-Price Moves Mislead …
I’ve seen a few pundits point to a “boom” in oil prices, selectively choosing time periods like the one above, to argue in favor of jumping into energy stocks and funds.
But this chart is misleading because it starts shortly after oil prices went negative last spring. Zoom out a bit and you see that oil is on a long-term decline.
… But Longer-Term Ones Don’t!
It’s true that we’ll likely see an economic recovery in 2021, but that doesn’t mean energy prices will boom. Here are two things to keep in mind as 2021 plays out.
Keystone’s Demise Won’t Affect Prices
A big headline for the energy markets is President Joe Biden’s announcement that he will cancel the Keystone XL pipeline, which has caused a mix of reactions in the industry. Alan Armstrong, CEO of Williams Companies (WMB), said the cancellation means constructing a big new pipeline in America has “become an impossible task,” adding that trying to do so would be a waste of money.
The most ardent energy bulls, however, say the cancellation will cut oil and gas inventories, boosting those commodities’ prices. But the market disagrees.
Biden’s Win = Natural Gas’s Loss
Since President Biden won the election, natural-gas prices have struggled, reflecting the fact that investors knew beforehand that canceling Keystone was a big part of Biden’s policy, and that the president is not particularly friendly to fossil fuels in general.
Rather than seeing this as a cause for lower inventory that will drive prices higher, the market (quite correctly) has seen Biden’s election as largely unimportant to oil and gas price, because of a more important trend that transcends who is in the White House.
Renewables Are Cheap and Getting Cheaper
In 2015, I wrote that an aggressive pursuit of alternative energy, both in the west and in emerging markets, would cause fossil fuel demand to fall. Thus, owning a master limited partnership (MLP) in the oil and gas storage or transport business, or an MLP-focused ETF like the Alerian MLP ETF (AMLP) was a mistake. Here’s how AMLP fared vs. the S&P 500 since.
Energy MLPs Have Been a Losing Bet
Over time, the economic value of building pipelines, transporting gas and oil and setting up transport depots for these chemicals has fallen because cheaper, safer alternatives have gotten cheaper still. And now we’ve hit the breaking point: solar power is now cheaper than oil, even after crude’s big price drop.
In fact, according to the International Energy Agency, solar is now the “cheapest electricity in history,” noting that solar output will likely grow 43% by 2040 compared to 2018. “Investors are looking with increased skepticism at oil and gas projects due to concerns about financial performance,” notes the IEA.
There’s good reason for the skepticism. Globally, 28% of energy produced in 2018 came from renewables, and that’s expected to rise to 46% by 2040.
Cheap Renewables Are Exploding in Usage …
What’s the point in investing in oil or gas today if they’re not the cheapest options and their usage is going to keep falling while other fuels take over?
… While Fossil-Fuels Fossilize
It stands to reason that natural gas and oil will see long-term downtrends, even if there are short-term spikes. That makes them among the least desirable commodities to invest in.
A 10%-Paying Resource Fund to Avoid
That hasn’t stopped net inflows to some energy funds in recent months as yields look too intoxicating. Consider the GAMCO Global Gold Natural Resources & Income Trust (GGN), a closed-end fund (CEF) that yields 10.2% and has been a long-time way to translate natural resources such as oil, gas, gold and other metals, into income. (The fund’s mandate lets it balance itself across the resource sector as management sees fit.)
Double-Digit Dividend Can’t Save GGN
GGN pays you a dividend every month, but that doesn’t mean buying it will keep you in the black. GGN investors are down significantly over the last decade, since well before solar was cheaper than oil.
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7 Healthcare Stocks Delivering Innovation in 2021
We all knew that traditional healthcare services were disrupted in 2020. The patient-doctor relationship went virtual. In the early months of the pandemic, many people in need of elective surgeries simply did not have that option available to them. And even local pharmacies took on a new e-commerce role as curbside pickup or home delivery of prescription medication became the norm.
Not surprisingly healthcare stocks were battered last year. Overall, the sector was down 11%, far below the S&P 500 Index that climbed over 15%.
However, the market is always forward-looking with a particular eye towards innovation. The healthcare sector has many companies that are developing innovative approaches in areas such as gene editing. And other companies are in late-stage trials for drugs that can deliver breakthrough results for conditions that continue to plague our world.
That’s the focus of this presentation. We’ve identified 7 healthcare stocks that are delivering innovative ideas that will help deliver better patient outcomes. And in some cases will revolutionize medicine altogether. These are also the stocks that analysts have their eye on.
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