Energy

Introduction to Energy

Many people believe that the search for alternative energy sources will be one of the defining investment themes of the next 20 years. Emerging nations are already struggling with pollution and seeking to develop their energy production in a different way to the West. As a result, a number of funds have been launched to exploit this theme.

These may invest exclusively in alternative energy companies, or they may also invest in traditional energy companies that are building alternative energy production from within. Equally, there are a number of thematic funds investing in, for example, power and water.

A lot of these funds will have high weightings to the US, where many of the world's largest and most technically advanced energy companies are found. As they are relatively concentrated, they will tend to show greater volatility than more broadly based equity funds. Energy consumption is often geared to the economic cycle, with consumers tending to use more energy at times of economic expansion. As a result, energy funds often do better in bull market conditions.

The tax treatment of investments is subject to tax law and HMRC practice which are subject to change. 

OEICs and Unit Trusts

Name1 Year (%)3 Years (%)5 Years (%)Fund Size (M)Yield (%)
Artemis Global Energy I Acc58.55-13.44-29.5347.370.89Buy
BlackRock Natural Resources Growth & Income D Acc56.5729.9118.0953.962.53Buy
Investec Enhanced Natural Resources I Acc GBP49.3626.265.0598.031.06Buy
JPM Natural Resources C Acc81.482.56-34.64820.661.14Buy
JPM Natural Resources B Acc81.031.78-35.11820.660.90Buy
MFM Junior Oils Trust P60.87-35.46-53.6615.22-Buy

OEICs and Unit Trusts

Name1 Year (%)3 Years (%)5 Years (%)Fund Size (M)Yield (%)
BlackRock GF World Energy D4RF GBP42.30-0.47-7.782,068.50-Buy
BlackRock Natural Resources Growth & Income D Inc56.5929.9818.1953.962.53Buy
JPM Natural Resources C Inc81.452.51-34.69820.661.13Buy
Pictet Clean Energy I dy GBP41.6127.3556.46612.02-Buy
Schroder ISF Global Energy C Dis GBP75.02-23.63-35.68500.700.29Buy

Investment Trusts

Name1 Year (%)3 Years (%)5 Years (%)DiscountNAV
Baker Steel Resources Trust176.52-10.17-67.01-20.6650.10Buy
Foresight Solar Limited23.8528.59-4.47102.90Buy
Geiger Counter Ord144.7912.98-55.83-7.9231.90Buy
New City Energy Ord48.60-40.92-60.22-8.7418.08Buy
Premier Energy&Water Trust Securities PLC Ord52.6326.46114.18-12.35194.52Buy
Premier Energy&Water Trust Securities PLC 2020 ZDP 1P9.66----Buy
Tiger Resource Finance PLC Ord 0.1P-4.00-65.71-77.78-29.410.85Buy

ETFs

Name6 Months (%)1 Year (%)3 Years (%)5 Years (%)CurrencySector
Amundi ETF MSCI Europe Energy GBP11.5042.248.198.87GBXCommodity & EnergyBuy
DB WTI Crude Oil Booster2.4629.58-67.22-70.15USDCommodity & EnergyBuy
DB X-Trackers STOXX Europe 600 Oil & Gas UCITS ETF 1C GBP10.4341.008.126.12GBXCommodity & EnergyBuy
ETFS 1x Daily Short Brent Crude USD-8.59-39.0679.5861.55USDCommodity & EnergyBuy
ETFS 1x Daily Short Natural Gas USD8.18-20.34118.6746.70USDCommodity & EnergyBuy
ETFS 1x Daily Short WTI Crude Oil USD-8.64-35.5685.1779.08USDCommodity & EnergyBuy
ETFS 2x Daily Long Brent Crude USD-0.5473.49-92.66-USDCommodity & EnergyBuy
ETFS 2x Daily Long Gasoline USD5.7040.18-85.88-85.13USDCommodity & EnergyBuy
ETFS 2x Daily Long Heating Oil USD-0.8168.36-87.35-90.15USDCommodity & EnergyBuy
ETFS 2x Daily Long Natural Gas USD----USDCommodity & EnergyBuy
ETFS 2x Daily Long Petroleum USD0.0660.40-91.02-92.67USDCommodity & EnergyBuy
ETFS 2x Daily Long WTI Crude Oil USD----USDCommodity & EnergyBuy
ETFS Brent 1mth GBP9.6562.53-54.32-56.66GBXCommodity & EnergyBuy
ETFS Brent 1yr1.9330.63-55.10-56.22USDCommodity & EnergyBuy
ETFS Brent 2yr-4.0718.41-50.52-51.41USDCommodity & EnergyBuy
ETFS Brent 3yr-7.9711.45-48.06-48.78USDCommodity & EnergyBuy
ETFS Brent Crude USD2.5540.87-66.27-66.98USDCommodity & EnergyBuy
ETFS Energy USD-2.3926.77-65.60-66.41USDCommodity & EnergyBuy
ETFS Heating Oil1.9337.72-57.67-61.48USDCommodity & EnergyBuy
ETFS Longer Dated Natural Gas-9.857.90-59.87-59.49USDCommodity & EnergyBuy

VCTs

Name1 Year (%)3 Years (%)5 Years (%)NAVDiscountNDYSector
Foresight Solar & Infrastructure VCT PLC D------VCT Specialist Environmental Pre QualifyBuy
Hazel Renewable Energy VCT1 PLC A Shs 0.1P-0.508,668.41---VCT Specialist EnvironmentalBuy
Hazel Renewable Energy VCT1 PLC Ord 0.1P-3.2915.7257.17--4.85VCT Specialist EnvironmentalBuy
Hazel Renewable Energy VCT2 PLC A Shs 0.1P-0.508,668.41---VCT Specialist EnvironmentalBuy
Hazel Renewable Energy VCT2 PLC Ord 0.1P-3.2916.3057.96--4.85VCT Specialist EnvironmentalBuy
Ventus VCT22.5948.47102.17--15.09VCT Specialist EnvironmentalBuy
Ventus VCT 25.1143.99124.32--7.61VCT Specialist EnvironmentalBuy

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