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 Acc3.31-8.22-28.8842.530.95Buy
Ashburton Global Energy R Acc USD-13.30-14.11-46.25-Buy
Ashburton Global Energy D Acc USD-12.83-12.70-46.25-Buy
Ashburton Global Energy I USD-12.61-12.07-46.25-Buy
Ashburton Global Energy I Acc GBP-17.484.48-46.25-Buy
Ashburton Global Energy D Acc GBP-17.683.70-46.25-Buy
BlackRock Natural Resources Growth & Income D Acc6.5721.9928.5454.532.46Buy
Investec Enhanced Natural Resources I Acc GBP-2.4416.8310.1283.981.40Buy
JPM Natural Resources C Acc10.4616.49-14.40712.900.59Buy
JPM Natural Resources B Acc10.1915.61-15.49712.900.38Buy
MFM Junior Oils Trust P4.15-45.00-46.9611.84-Buy

OEICs and Unit Trusts

Name1 Year (%)3 Years (%)5 Years (%)Fund Size (M)Yield (%)
BlackRock GF World Energy D4RF GBP-4.95-8.803.622,281.54-Buy
BlackRock GF World Mining D4RF GBP14.5618.91-16.345,939.30-Buy
BlackRock Natural Resources Growth & Income D Inc6.6122.0928.6654.532.46Buy
JPM Natural Resources C Inc10.4516.42-14.47712.900.60Buy
Pictet Clean Energy I dy GBP21.8037.3198.17714.01-Buy
Schroder ISF Global Energy C Dis GBP-11.40-31.61-33.84562.300.29Buy

Investment Trusts

Name1 Year (%)3 Years (%)5 Years (%)DiscountNAV
Baker Steel Resources Trust62.9641.94-46.67-14.4051.40Buy
Bluefield Solar Income Limited13.3329.89-2.05110.49Buy
Foresight Solar Limited7.4918.95--0.28105.30Buy
Geiger Counter Ord13.04-20.00-34.19-2.7420.05Buy
Greencoat UK Wind PLC ORD 1P13.6129.73-9.52109.30Buy
Greencoat Renewables PLC ORD EUR0.01-----Buy
Premier Global Infrastructure Trust PLC Ord 1P3.662.22133.50-7.91170.48Buy
Premier Global Infrastructure Trust PLC Securities 2020 ZDP 1P1.66--5.41109.10Buy
The Renewables Infrastructure Group Limited Ord GBP5.2720.47-2.88100.60Buy
Tiger Resource Finance PLC Ord 0.1P28.87-53.60-72.77-39.760.83Buy

ETFs

Name6 Months (%)1 Year (%)3 Years (%)5 Years (%)CurrencySector
Amundi ETF MSCI Europe Energy GBP6.7420.7829.3240.62GBXCommodity & EnergyBuy
Boost Brent Oil ETC18.7223.65--USDCommodity & EnergyBuy
Boost Natural Gas ETC-16.99-14.54--USDCommodity & EnergyBuy
Boost Natural Gas 2x Leverage Daily ETP-34.66-37.37-95.26-USDCommodity & EnergyBuy
Boost Natural Gas 2x Short Daily ETP27.00-9.42151.60-USDCommodity & EnergyBuy
Boost Natural Gas 3x Leverage Daily ETP-50.82-60.30-99.54-USDCommodity & EnergyBuy
Boost Natural Gas 3x Short Daily ETP33.93-29.5086.75-USDCommodity & EnergyBuy
Boost Wti Oil ETC9.838.45--USDCommodity & EnergyBuy
DB WTI Crude Oil Booster10.4711.15-57.50-62.03USDCommodity & EnergyBuy
DB X-Trackers STOXX Europe 600 Oil & Gas UCITS ETF 1C GBP2.5717.7527.0733.57GBPCommodity & EnergyBuy
ETFS 1x Daily Short Brent Crude USD-18.26-24.6019.4637.80USDCommodity & EnergyBuy
ETFS 1x Daily Short Natural Gas USD14.29-0.8886.2261.47USDCommodity & EnergyBuy
ETFS 1x Daily Short WTI Crude Oil USD-12.67-16.1546.3542.85USDCommodity & EnergyBuy
ETFS 2x Daily Long Brent Crude USD34.5437.39-84.25-91.00USDCommodity & EnergyBuy
ETFS 2x Daily Long Gasoline USD39.6140.79-71.05-83.19USDCommodity & EnergyBuy
ETFS 2x Daily Long Heating Oil USD47.8246.50-73.87-84.62USDCommodity & EnergyBuy
ETFS 2x Daily Long Natural Gas USD-33.75-33.51-94.05-96.52USDCommodity & EnergyBuy
ETFS 2x Daily Long Petroleum USD31.9430.12-83.17-89.10USDCommodity & EnergyBuy
ETFS 2x Daily Long WTI Crude Oil USD16.509.17-90.79-92.92USDCommodity & EnergyBuy
ETFS 3x Daily Long Natural Gas USD-49.37-55.44--USDCommodity & EnergyBuy

VCTs

Name1 Year (%)3 Years (%)5 Years (%)NAVDiscountNDYSector
Foresight Solar & Infrastructure VCT PLC D---97.502.56-VCT Specialist Environmental Pre QualifyBuy
Hazel Renewable Energy VCT1 PLC A Shs 0.1P-0.508,668.410.104,950.00-VCT Specialist EnvironmentalBuy
Hazel Renewable Energy VCT1 PLC Ord 0.1P4.6513.8481.57116.40-8.514.69VCT Specialist EnvironmentalBuy
Hazel Renewable Energy VCT2 PLC A Shs 0.1P-0.508,668.410.104,950.00-VCT Specialist EnvironmentalBuy
Hazel Renewable Energy VCT2 PLC Ord 0.1P4.8526.3982.84115.50-7.794.69VCT Specialist EnvironmentalBuy
Ventus 2 VCT PLC Ord 25P15.9155.19107.2381.00-8.026.71VCT Specialist EnvironmentalBuy
Ventus 2 VCT PLC C SHS 25P17.0951.01107.35130.80-6.356.53VCT Specialist EnvironmentalBuy
Ventus 2 VCT PLC D SHS 25P14.8226.42-132.20-9.231.25VCT Specialist EnvironmentalBuy
Ventus VCT PLC Ord 25P8.6955.33113.28114.60-6.637.48VCT Specialist EnvironmentalBuy
Ventus VCT PLC C SHS 25P17.0954.15107.54129.70-5.556.53VCT Specialist EnvironmentalBuy
Ventus VCT PLC D SHS 25P14.8226.42-131.50-8.751.25VCT Specialist EnvironmentalBuy

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