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Diversify Your Core Energy Portfolio

The Sage of Omaha, Warren Buffet, once memorably said that we should be fearful when others are greedy and greedy when they are fearful. On that basis, now is a great time to invest in energy. The dramatic fall in the price of oil that took place in the second half of 2014 highlighted the risks associated with investing in a sector dependent on commodity prices, but has left most energy related stocks, even those with only an indirect relationship to the price of oil, looking cheap.

In the short term, of course, oil could continue to fall and drag all energy stocks with it, but from a long term perspective, energy is still a huge growth area. The world’s population continues to grow and developing countries continue to develop. Those two facts mean that demand for energy, while it may fluctuate with economic conditions, is firmly set on an upward path.

That doesn’t mean, however, that the energy market will still look the same in the future. Investors are entitled to whatever view they wish to take on climate change, but from an investment perspective it always pays to act on what is happening rather than what you think should happen. The fact is that even countries that previously prioritized growth over the environment, such as India and China, are beginning to work towards a future with lower emissions. Alternative energy sources will no doubt continue to attract research and investment and the “cleaner” fossil fuel, natural gas, will…

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