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By Robert Rapier on Feb 22, 2009 with 1 response

Investing in Ethanol: A Case Study of Terrible Investment Advice

Comically Terrible Timing In June 2006 I read an article at Financial Sense that promoted ethanol as a great place to put your money:Investing in Ethanol: A “New” Stock Play on Soaring Energy Prices and Why Now is the Time to Invest in this “Fuel of the Future” Among the gems in the article were these: Strap on your seatbelt… an alternative energy source is set to take the world by storm. In this research report, we’ll take a close look at the booming ethanol industry… and how investing in ethanol could prove to be an extremely profitable move for investors. With a mandate from the U.S. government and the obvious need for change, we see this as a fantastic… Continue»

By Robert Rapier on Jan 10, 2009 with 5 responses

More Ethanol Plants Going Down

I won’t say I told you so, but I will make a prediction here: VeraSun Suspends Production at Three Distilleries Jan. 9 (Bloomberg) — VeraSun Energy Corp., the second- largest U.S. ethanol producer, has idled three distilleries as demand falls and prices fail to cover the cost of production. Producers have been struggling to make profits amid fluctuations in corn prices. Pacific Ethanol Inc. today said it will suspend output at its plant in Madera, California. On Jan. 7, Aventine Renewable Holdings Inc. said it halted construction of its refinery in Aurora, Nebraska, for up to 180 days. Vinod Khosla hasn’t been immune: Last month, AltraBiofuels Inc., which counts venture capitalist Vinod Khosla among its investors, shut production at its… Continue»

By Robert Rapier on Jun 23, 2006 with no responses

Ethanol Investing: Counterpoint

I just had an article published at Financial Sense . The article is Ethanol Investing: Counterpoint. In the article, I review the potential of ethanol as a fossil fuel replacement, then discuss the differences between the U.S. and Brazil that makes Brazil’s energy independence “miracle” possible, and I conclude by evaluating some risks in ethanol investing. I am starting to get a few e-mails about the article. Since you can’t comment at Financial Sense, I thought I would open up this thread for anyone who has any feedback. As always, constructive criticism is appreciated. If you have any questions about how some of the numbers are derived, spotted an error that needs to be corrected, or just want vent, this… Continue»