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I sold my energy and MLP funds several months ago on an energy bounce...I had small losses, but it looks like the right decision now. I would like some opinions on buying back into them. I had been thinking of doing this at the end of the month, once tax-loss selling is over, but it appears that blood is in the streets now. Too early still? Thanks in advance for opinions!
I am not selling what I have left in terms of oil-related names (pipelines), but I'm glad that what I had in terms of oil producers months ago went into financial/commodity exchanges (CME, ICE.) ICE in particular has done quite well since the oil decline started. I will probably not be going back into oil producers, but may add to pipelines but I am waiting to see how the situation goes - I'm willing to miss the initial few % of a turn rather than trying to pick bottoms.
It was $28 in 2009 at the bottom from around $73 at the high. This time around, it has gone from $86 to $47. Good luck to you and hopefully it will work out well longer-term, but I wouldn't have this as a huge % of your portfolio (if you want to have a long-term holding and it may take a year or two for the turnaround to happen, it's a lot easier when it's not a huge portion of your portfolio that's underperforming) and I do think if you want to add further, you may have another opportunity.
Would love to hear some thoughts on this. Otherwise, I am very well diversified with stocks, funds etfs and 30% bonds. Do not need to tap IRAS for at least 6 more years when RMD starts.
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Energy Intelligence Report
In this week’s newsletter, we will take a quick look at some of the critical figures and data in the energy markets this week.
We have followed the EIA crude oil inventories closely, as they represent a rough proxy for oil supply/demand balance. Rising inventories indicate production outstripping demand.
• The chart shows that inventory levels in 2014 began to detach from the five-year average, rising at an accelerated rate at the beginning of the year as U.S. oil production continued to climb. The jump above the five-year average corresponds with the beginning of the decline of oil prices from the June 2014 peak.
• About 55 percent of the U.S.’ oil storage capacity is located along the Gulf Coast. Cushing looms large because of its basis for the WTI benchmark. But it holds just 13 percent of the country’s storage capacity.
• The EIA says that the crude oil storage utilization at Cushing and the Gulf Coast is at 70.2 percent, a touch below the record utilization rate of 71.2 percent set in April 2015. Near record-high inventory levels continue to weigh on oil prices.
Tuesday December 8, 2015
Crude oil prices plunged to new lows on December 7, following on the heels of OPEC’s decision to scrap its production target last week. The markets are reaching new depths of pessimism, with WTI and Brent breaking fresh seven-year lows, dipping below the nadir from earlier this year.
The decision to scrap its production target stems from the increasing competition between Saudi Arabia and Iran. As Iran has the intention of bringing 500,000 to 1 million barrels of oil per day back online within the next year, Saudi Arabia decided to abandon all pretense of a production ceiling. As we reported in last week’s newsletter, the practical effect of removing the ceiling will likely be minimal – OPEC members were ignoring it anyways.
But by erasing the production target from its official policy, Saudi Arabia and Iran could engage in increasing pricing competition and fights for market share. All OPEC members, except for Saudi Arabia, are producing flat out. Iran will soon be doing the same.
KMI cuts dividend by 75% sticking a sharp stick right in the eyes of their investors.
I was not impacted as you were on KMP, but at this point Richard Kinder is not to be trusted....at least with my money.
I think I'm out of the oil patch completely.
Good memory, @hawkmountain. More and more, it is looking like this entire sector, and the people who populate these businesses, will be great destroyers of OPM before all is shaken out.
@little5bee You might want to go back and read a white paper I posted several months ago. The guy made a strong case for the decline of the MLP business model; peruse the last couple of financial reports of any MLP you might be considering for reentry, and you can see he probably has it more right than wrong. Now, even then, you might still think you can grab a good dvd. and avoid problems by investing in an ETF or CEF potpourri of MLPs, but IMO the trend here is not your friend and that would be a little bit of Magical Thinking.
OT, speaking of hindsight types, I was at a dinner party last weekend and the host, retired from Wellington, opined that he had shorted builders in 05 and then gone long bigtime spring 09. I muttered "Sure you did, everyone says that, or wants to, or wishes they had." The next day I mentioned this to one of the investment plutocrats I play geezerball with, and he said "Well, actually, if he was with Wellington, it's probably true...."