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If You Like the Big Trend in Gold, You Need to See the One in Coal

Commodities / Coal Jul 10, 2011 - 04:44 AM GMT

By: DailyWealth

Commodities

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleMatt Badiali writes: In yesterday's essay, Steve showed how profitable it is to own gold when the trend is up.

To most people, that sounds too simple to work... But as Steve highlighted, making money in the market often comes down just to sticking with the big trends.


That's why it's important to know about another big commodity uptrend...

It's the big uptrend in the price of coal.

As I'll show you today, despite all the bad press coal gets, it's in a major uptrend... and I expect it will be for at least the next decade...

Coal today is largely a story about electricity use... And the world consumes staggering amounts of power. Electricity is a fundamental fact of modern life. It powers virtually everything we do – from heating the stoves that cook our dinner and lighting up the TVs we watch, to powering the massive factories that build cars and refine natural resources.

And as countries like China and India (aka "Chindia") modernize their economies, the volume of electricity they devour is mind-boggling.

In the U.S. alone, we use almost 4 trillion kilowatt-hours of electricity every year, an amount the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) says is growing about 1% a year.

Now, consider China. Power consumption there grew from 1.2 trillion kilowatt-hours in 2000 to about 4.5 trillion kilowatt-hours this year. That's a 275% increase in 11 years. India's consumption has grown from 375 billion kilowatt-hours in 2000 to more than 600 billion kilowatt-hours today. And 80% of that electricity is created by coal.

This table below, using numbers from the International Energy Agency, shows how "Chindia's" coal consumption is growing:
 
 
China
India
Total Coal Consumption 2009 (Tonnes)
3.1 billion
592 million
Growth In Coal Consumption from 1973 to 2009
645%
710%
Growth in Coal Consumption from 2000 to 2009
154%
74%
Growth in Coal Consumption from 2008 to 2009
15%
8%
 


Environmentalists would like to change coal's vital role. Burning coal for power generation creates more pollutants than other fuels, like uranium and natural gas. But relatively poor economies like India and China are more concerned with the cheapest, most plentiful sources of power right now. They'll worry about cleanliness later. As long as coal is cheap and plentiful, it will serve as a cornerstone of the world's power industry.

This next charts shows the U.S. Energy Information Agency agrees with me. You'll note how coal is expected to play a huge role in power generation for decades:


In addition to Chindia's coal consumption, Japan's tsunami tragedy is a tailwind for prices. Japan and many other nations will be forced to burn coal if they want use less nuclear power (which is a big topic I'll cover another time).

But as I hinted at the beginning of this essay, the big thing to keep in mind here is the BIG TREND. Below is the trend in coal prices since 2002. When you slice out the crazy credit crisis action 2008, coal sports a solid uptrend that has lasted for years.


When I consider the bright economic future of massive countries like China and India (which collectively hold nearly 10 times the population of the U.S.), the world's recent aversion toward nuclear power, and the black stuff's big uptrend, I end up issuing my readers one piece of advice:

Get long coal, and stay that way for a long time.

Good investing,

Matt Badiali

P.S. There's a right way to buy coal and there's a wrong way to buy coal. You can learn my top two ideas for the "right way" in my latest of the S&A Resource Report. Both are ways to start earning large and growing income streams (one is yielding 8%) from this vital fuel. You can learn more about coming on board as a subscriber here.

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