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Click here to add text.Do you qualify to participate in Oil and Gas Investments?   To find out consider the following…….

The United States  is the world’s largest consumer of oil, and currently imports almost 60% of its oil from foreign countries.  Most of these imports come from OPEC countries, six of which are in the volatile Middle East.  According to Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham, the energy sector in this country is strained  to capacity and is facing its most serious shortages since the Arab oil embargoes and gasoline lines of the 1970’s.  As the world’s largest economy, the United States is naturally the biggest consumer of oil.  For forty years our energy demand has grown at a sustained rate of 2 percent annually to a current estimated usage of 18 billion barrels  of oil per day.  According to the US department of Energy, our energy demand will be 30 percent higher by 2020.  Our dangerous reliance of foreign oil can be diminished by increasing our domestic production as much as possible.

When talking about crude oil and natural gas prices in the United States  the general public need to be reminded of these facts:  Political upheavals (not just war), weather (such as hurricanes shutting down productions in the Gulf of Mexico), supply and demand factors, and refinery and pipeline outages all can greatly influence what goes on at the trading floors on Wall Street and other markets around the world.

As any astute investor knows, it is extremely difficult during these time to find financial opportunities which provide both security and a solid return on your hard-earned money.  Conventional investments in CD’s, savings accounts, money markets, mutual funds, stocks and bonds, etc. are currently bringing very unsatisfactory returns and according to the Wall Street Journal and other well-know financial publications, prospect for performance improvements in the near future are not good.  With even the best performers projected and annual return of 8 percent or less, the average investor will realize much smaller returns than this.

One key to better returns is to diversify your portfolio to take advantage of opportunities which have excellent risk-to-reward ratios while still maintaining your personal and/or family financial foundations.  One should not be satisfied with the meager returns on CD’s, passbook savings and money market accounts, and with the thousands of mutual funds available, it takes a financial genius to pick the right fund in the right sector.  Prudent investment in sound, well researched oil and gas drilling programs, through still considered a high risk, may offer a significant monthly cash flow from the sale of production from oil and gas wells, and very significant tax advantages as well.

Each investor is treated as a individual investor for tax purposes, generation substantial tax benefits which flow directly to individual investors.  Investors may receive tax deductions totaling approximately 78 to 85 percent of capital contributions in the first year, with the remaining balance written off during the subsequent years, for most investors, percentage depletion and depreciation of tangible equipment costs are available to shelter ordinary income at rates of up to 50 percent of cash distribution in the first seven years and 30 percent thereafter.   The drilling program also shelters passive income.

In other words, tax deductions obtained from intangible drilling and development costs (as well as depreciation  of tangible costs) may be used to offset the investor's taxable income from other sources.   Also, a portion of the investor’s taxable income generated by the drilling program may be reduced by deductions from depreciations and percentage of depletion allowances.