How Oil is Formed [INFOGRAPHIC]

How is oil formed? The generally accepted theory is that today’s oil reserves come from organic materials that existed millions of years before dinosaurs roamed the earth. About 300 million years ago, these dead organic materials such as zooplankton and algae built up on the bottom of lakes and oceans in conditions where they couldn’t […] Read more »

What Can Be Made from One Barrel of Oil? [INFOGRAPHIC]

  WHAT’S IN ONE BARREL OF OIL? Using Chevron as a source, it shows 17 different things that can be made from each barrel of oil. Here is everything that can be made from just one barrel of oil: Enough gasoline to drive a medium-sized car over 450km (280 miles). Enough distillate fuel to drive […] Read more »

Eight Factors That Influence Oil Prices [INFOGRAPHIC]

This is an excellent illustration by the CME Group that explains the many variables behind the price of crude oil and ultimately the price we pay for gasoline. Some of these factors are the increase in global demand as well as a fear of geopolitical conflicts that can create a great deal of uncertainty around the supply […] Read more »

The Power of Oil [INFOGRAPHIC]

In today’s environment, discussions about energy prices, British thermal units, and the going price of Brent or West Texas Intermediate can make the energy produced by a single barrel of oil seem more confusing than it needs to be. The United States has seen a boom in oil production as of late, which is providing […] Read more »

Direct Participation Oil Investments [INFOGRAPHIC]

Direct Participation Oil Investments Investing in oil has always been a good alternative, but it can be difficult for regular investors to realize the dramatic profits seen by the companies that actually produce the hydrocarbons. The solution for many people has been to look past traditional investments and instead go straight to the source for […] Read more »

Cheap oil has slipped away[INFOGRAPHIC]

Plenty of people investing in oil have gotten nervous in recent weeks, watching oil prices tumble from more than $97 per barrel to less than $88 per barrel in less than a month. Some people have forgotten already, but the U.S. standard West Texas Intermediate spot market saw an even larger plunge last year, dropping […] Read more »