The incoming Trump administration is widely expected to upend a lot of energy regulations put into place by President Obama, as well as rules that have been in place for decades.
Investors have already bid up energy stocks in anticipation of regulatory rollbacks.
But some of those bets look premature now that we see not all of President-elect Trump’s cabinet nominees are on the same page when it comes to the environment and climate change – two issues, however you look at them, driving U.S. energy policy.
Today, I’ll tell you how principal cabinet nominees generally look at the issues, and why U.S. energy and environmental policies can’t be effected in a vacuum.
President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for Energy Secretary, former Texas Governor Rick Perry, can’t singlehandedly make energy great again by deregulating the industry.
That’s because the U.S. Energy Department (DOE) isn’t the only government agency that oversees oil, gas, coal, wind, solar, and nuclear energy.
Making big investment bets on the future of energy production in the U.S. requires an understanding of which agencies really hold sway, who will head each department, how they will (or won’t) work together, and where paths of least resistance and black holes are.
Proponents of energy deregulation couldn’t believe it when Rick Perry, who led the country’s biggest energy producing state, was tapped to head the Energy Department.
That’s because in a 2011 presidential primary debate, Perry – then a candidate – vowed that if elected he would eliminate the Education Department, the Commerce Department and… He forgot what the third department was.
He was reminded by the moderator it was the Energy Department. Perry’s response was "Oops, I forgot." That embarrassing moment ended his 2012 presidential run.
Nominating the man who once vowed to eliminate the Energy Department to actually head it seems (to fans of energy deregulation) like a dream come true. Perhaps the message to the industry, they hope, is the Energy Department might be dismantled from within. That’s highly unlikely.
Varney & Co. host Stuart Varney gave Shah a call Tuesday morning to see if he’s standing by his original claim… Can the Dow really make it all the way to 21,000 before the end of the year?
To see how Shah responds, as well as get three picks you can get into before the year is done, click here to watch.
The chance of the banking deregulatory locomotive – which is ready to leave Washington Station when Donald Trump is inaugurated – running off the tracks is high.
If that happens, the train – including big banks, capital markets, consumer protections, and the whole American economy – could crash and burn.
America’s been taken down the financial services deregulation path many times before. Everything goes well for a while, and sometimes a good while… But eventually the embers of greed that fuel financial services gamers turns into a conflagration, consuming everything in sight.
I’ve got an easy, five-step approach to avoid catastrophe and make deregulation great again.
But before I show you, I want to talk about what usually goes wrong with deregulation juggernauts – why what can happen always happens.
If you’re looking for opportunities to buy into this rally and still make money, Shah Gilani has the answer for you. On this latest appearance at Varney & Co, he shares three positions the average investor can still get into that have not yet been affected by the Trump Bump.
Stuart Varney also asks Shah if he wants to stand behind his comments predicting a possible Dow 21,000 before the end of the year…
President-elect Donald Trump’s campaign slogan was “Make America Great Again.”
One of the axes candidate Trump promised to wield to hack away impediments strangling America’s growth prospects and its greatness was “deregulation.”
The two industries most often cited by then candidate and now president-elect Trump ripe for deregulation are banking and energy… But judging by the number of banking executives Trump has nominated for cabinet positions, it’s the sprawling regulatory regime covering banks that’s first and foremost on the Trump agenda.
What Mr. Trump said on the campaign trail versus what he is saying now about bank deregulation – and what his cabinet nominees are likely to hack at – will have a huge impact on how this goal is reached.
We are a breath away from making history, and the rally shows no signs of stopping. On this latest episode of Varney & Co, Shah was asked what he recommends new investors keep their eye on while the Dow continues to soar.
To see what Shah has to say about Vodafone, Sturm Ruger & Co, and more… click here.
Let’s say you’ve got a friend, a friend who works as an investment banker, and he gifts you with some inside information. Not for any compensation, just because he wants you to make some bacon, and you make $1.5 million on the trade. Is that cool?
Believe it or not, it used to be. But it’s not any more. The United States Supreme Court just decided that the free gift of inside information is illegal for you to trade on.
The questions before the court was, if the person passing along the inside information isn’t paid or compensated for gifting you with it, how can that be a crime? And, if the person acting on the tip doesn’t know the tipster is breaking some fiduciary duty they have, how can the person who makes a trade on that information be committing a crime?
Those questions were answered previously by a New York Appellate Court in the negative- no, it wasn’t a crime.