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Power hungry : strategic investing in telecommunications, utilities and other essential services
Conrad, Roger S.
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Publication Information:
New York : Wiley, [2002]

Physical Description:
xxvi, 310 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
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Table of contents
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HG4915 .C66 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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The only book focused on investing within the energy, communications, and water industries, Power Hungry offers a comprehensive look at the considerable opportunities arising from these industries. Along with providing one-of-a-kind investment strategies for investing in utilities and other essential services, Power Hungry provides a framework for readers to construct their own model portfolio of stocks, commission-free, so they can reap the rewards of a field with enormous profit potential. Established companies may no longer hold the lion's share of the marketplace, but this book corners the market on investing in these profitable industries.

Author Notes

ROGER S. CONRAD edits Utility Forecaster, a twelve-year-old newsletter from KCI Communications which has a subscription list of more than 20,000. He is also the coauthor of two other books.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. xiii
Chapter 1 A Shock to the Systemp. 1
A New Paradigmp. 2
Deep Rootsp. 3
Electrics Take the Baitp. 8
Wholesale Changesp. 13
A Taste of Armageddonp. 16
Industry Profile: Jonathan Gottliebp. 19
Chapter 2 The High Price of Powerp. 25
Help Wanted: Power Plant Buildersp. 27
It's Gas, Gas, Gasp. 30
Crisis of Confidencep. 37
Industry Profile: Richard Osbornep. 40
Chapter 3 Toward the Next Ma Bellp. 45
The Rise and Fall of ATandTp. 47
Vail's Revengep. 50
Secrets of Successp. 57
The Next Ma Bellp. 62
Industry Profile: Jim Linnehanp. 66
Chapter 4 The New Politics of Waterp. 71
The Muni Monopolyp. 73
The Worm Turnsp. 76
The New Orderp. 79
Water's Winnersp. 82
Diluting the Competitionp. 84
Industry Profile: Anton Garnierp. 87
Chapter 5 The Foreign Invasionp. 91
Going Globalp. 94
Back to the Futurep. 96
Why Go Abroad?p. 98
Managing Risksp. 101
Winners and Losersp. 103
Industry Profile: Dennis Bakkep. 109
Chapter 6 Technology's Revolutionary Evolutionp. 115
Revolution's Evolutionp. 117
The Wireless Evolutionp. 119
Paradigm vs. Prophecyp. 123
The Next Re-Evolutionp. 132
Industry Profile: John Howep. 133
Chapter 7 Riding the Boomp. 137
Scapegoat and Saviorp. 138
Energy Efficienciesp. 141
Wires and Pipesp. 148
Wired for Growthp. 150
Water Worksp. 154
The Winners' Circlep. 156
Industry Profile: Nick DeBenedictisp. 157
Chapter 8 Morgan, Mergers, and Moneyp. 163
Empire Buildersp. 165
Back to the Futurep. 171
Picking Targetsp. 174
High Percentage Betsp. 179
Consolidation's Limitsp. 182
Industry Profile: Robert Faganp. 184
Chapter 9 Hidden Treasurep. 189
The Story of Diversificationp. 190
Success Storiesp. 194
Finding Assetsp. 197
Hidden Minefieldsp. 201
Industry Profile: Rick Greenp. 204
Chapter 10 Five Rules for Investing Successp. 209
Rule #1 Buy for the Long Haulp. 211
Rule #2 Be Your Own Analystp. 213
Rule #3 Diversityp. 218
Rule #4 Never Sell on Bad Newsp. 222
Rule #5 Reinvest Dividendsp. 224
Industry Profile: Lowell Millerp. 227
Chapter 11 The Surest Returnp. 231
Safety Firstp. 234
Preferred Optionp. 238
Uncommon Common Stocksp. 243
The Ideal Income Portfoliop. 245
Industry Profile: Goran Mornhedp. 246
Chapter 12 The Consumer's Guide to Utility Deregulationp. 249
Buyer Powerp. 251
Villains and Victimsp. 253
Tip #1 Take Control of What You're Paying For and Whom You're Payingp. 256
Tip #2 Organize Whenever Possiblep. 259
Tip #3 If You Believe in Renewable Energies, Buy Greenp. 261
Tip #4 Use the Internet for Informationp. 265
Industry Profile: Tyson Slocump. 266
Afterword: Making Change Your Friendp. 271
Appendix 1 Utility Data Bankp. 277
Appendix 2 Mergersp. 293
Appendix 3 Glossaryp. 297
Appendix 4 Model Portfoliosp. 303
Appendix 5 For Your Informationp. 305
Indexp. 307