Mindconnection eNL, 2004-06-19
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|The price of oil is
going up permanently. In the past, it's gone up due to some hissy fit
from OPEC. But now, demand is escalating intensely. In addition to the
profusion of gas-hogging SUVs in the USA (thank you all you SUV owners
for raising our gasoline costs--you know who you are), we have the
industrialization of China.
In fact, even if Americans decided to behave responsibly with our resources (don't hold your breath for that to happen), demand from China would still cause prices to skyrocket. Note to self: Expect the price of fuel to skyrocket, no matter what you do.
Expect the cost of gasoline to triple in the near future. OPEC simply cannot produce much more--they are already at nearly 100%. Other sources of oil are similarly tapped out (although the greaseball behavior of the US Congress is expected to continue--and they have no shortage of crude).
The problem is not with the amount of oil in existence--there is so much, it's seeping into the ocean by itself. The problem is our ability to recover it economically.
Thus, demand will continue to rise in relation to supply--prices can only go up. Way up.
What's your finance tip, here? I wouldn't rush out and buy oil stocks. But, I would convert your oil burning furnace, if you have one, to something else. ASAP.
And I would look for a car that gets very high
mileage. Mine gets roughly 38 MPG
A note to our American audience: Buy a manual transmission. This alone boosts gas mileage by typically 4 MPG. The ratio of manual to automatic transmission ownership is just the opposite in Europe (80:20) as it is in the USA (20:80). You save money upfront in the USA when you buy a car with a manual transmission.
Rather than spend an extra $2,000 a year (based on projected 2006 fuel prices) on the fuel wasted by the automatic transmission, buy the manual--then buy yourself something nice with what you save--or pay your car off sooner!
If you do have an automatic, remember to change the fluid and filter every year. This pays for itself in fuel savings alone--but you'll really enjoy foregoing the $2,500 repair bill an unmaintained transmission can leave you with. Or the new paint job you'll need after you pay $50 to the tow truck driver to mess up your car while dragging it off the bridge you were going over when your transmission gave out and those kids drove by and threw something gross out the window onto your car.
|In the northern
hemisphere, many of us take trips starting about this time of year. Here
are some things to keep in mind:
|Today, we'll talk briefly about
osteoporosis. It seems to be an epidemic, these days. Here are some
bullet points to remember:
|I am pleased to report that Don Brennecke, one of our readers, is home from the hospital and apparently doing fine. I've already done all I can to rile him up, and he's not the slightest bit phased. All of our readers have issues to deal with, so it's always gratifying to know when someone is having success. But, I am especially pleased here because Don and I correspond quite a bit and his input is very valuable.|
When is the last time you showed another person you were really interested in him/her? Most of us fail to do this. Think about this concept in your next conversation. To show interest, ask questions about what a person is doing. For example, "Joe, I know you're an advertising executive, but what kinds of things do you do? Tell me of an interesting situation you had recently."
You will be amazed at how connected to you people feel when you show an interest in them. You will find this approach quite valuable for building a network. But, it's also valuable just for the enjoyment it brings both parties.
Wishing you the best,
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