THE OIL FACTOR: Protect Yourself—and Profit—from the Coming Energy Crisis

Stephen Leeb, Author, Donna Leeb, Author, Donna Leeb, Joint Author . WarnerBusiness $24.95 (240p) ISBN 978-0-446-53317-1

Stephen Leeb, editor of the "Complete Investor" newsletter, believes the U.S. economy is headed for a significant fall because of a severe shortage of oil, which has been inextricably tied to the economy for the past 30 years. Leeb, author of several books including Getting In on the Ground Floor (also co-written with wife Donna), believes the country must become less dependent on oil imports over the long term. Meanwhile, though, Leeb advises individuals to choose investments based on the longstanding relationship between oil prices and the stock market. He has a number of solid observations based on an examination of the past 30 years of stock performance and oil prices: "Since 1973, the economy and stock market have danced to oil's tune. Sharp rises in oil prices have led to recession/stagflation and plummeting stocks, while declining prices or prices that are just mildly uptrended have led to good times." Leeb provides a great deal of historic context and analyzes industries, selected companies, and other investment choices such as bonds and Treasury notes. Leeb's thesis is well researched, and the book offers a solid, concise overview of the economy and stock trends. Still, given the uncertainty of the stock market—and the lack of job security—readers should consider Leeb's strategies carefully before overhauling their portfolios. (Feb.)

Reviewed on: 01/19/2004
Release date: 02/01/2004
Genre: Nonfiction
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