Oil platform in North Sea

Oil Shares: Is Bigger Always Better?

Oil rigs at seaInvestors wanting safe, profitable exposure to the oil and gas industry usually decide to buy shares in one of the supermajors (BP, Shell, Total, Chevron and Exxon-Mobil), normally with a view to holding them for a long period and benefiting from the income.

It’s a good approach and one that should stand you in good stead, especially from an income point of view. I hold shares in Shell myself for exactly this reason.

However, lately I’ve been wondering whether there is another way?

Does the growth and takeover potential of the large independent E&P (exploration and production) companies compensate for their lower yields and high risks?

That’s the question I asked (and answered) in a new article for the Motley Fool — to read the whole story,click here.

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