Showing posts with label Nikkei Asia. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Nikkei Asia. Show all posts

Sunday, January 2, 2022

Energy Transition will be Messy and Expensive. Hold on to Your Barrel of Oil for Now.

Many people anticipate that electric vehicles will win the transportation race and replace the internal combustion engine. Many journalists and energy experts have been warning for a while that the transition from fossil fuels to renewables will be messy. Daniel Yergin says that we are in an energy-mix era

Lithium - one of the critical materials used in batteries - is in short supply, and its prices have increased by 5x. Electric vehicle battery costs are set to increase for the first time in a decade. 

Meanwhile, European Union is beginning to realize that they cannot simply abandon nuclear power and still keep the lights on. They plan to classify nuclear power and natural gas as "green" power sources. In my opinion, there is no such thing as fully green energy. For example, lithium mining and mining for other materials in producing an electric vehicle are damaging to the economy. The world needs good recycling technology to create a circular economy and minimize emissions and environmental damage.       

General Motors Ultium Battery and Global Vehicle Platform for Electric Vehicles.
(Source: General Motors)

The surge in oil prices in the past year, coupled with the reluctance of oil companies to invest in new oil discoveries, could lead to higher energy prices and even an energy shock. This lack of investment in new oil supplies could increase inflation.   

Covered Call on J. M. Smucker, Public Service Employee Pay in China, Indonesia's Foreign Relations Dilemma

I recently wrote about my investment thesis for J. M. Smucker (NYSE: SJM) on Seeking Alpha. I have also written in the comments section about how selling a covered call on $SJM at current prices can boost overall investment returns.  

J. M. Smucker's Has Timeless Brands, but the stock has run up a lot. 
(Source: J. M. Smucker)

Nikkei Asia has published a fascinating article on how China cut public employees' paychecks. Many Chinese citizens are probably amazed and shocked to learn that some public employees make 200,000 yuan a year. Their paychecks are getting cut by about 25%. Cities in China were collecting revenue from land sales, but there are not many land sales with the indebted real estate market anymore. 

Indonesia is grappling with more meddling from China in the South China Sea. China is trying to assert itself in Asia.  

Note: Please pay for good journalism. When you support good journalism, you are keeping your freedom. Also, each day you will go to bed brighter. I read a lot of articles on Seeking Alpha every day. I subscribe to The Economist, The Financial Times, Barron's, Nikkei Asia, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, and The Wall Street Journal. I have a subscription to Seeking Alpha because I am a contributor on that site. 

Fun Fact: Nikkei - a Japanese company - owns The Financial Times.      

Paccar: Peak Demand For Trucks

 Paccar ( PCAR ) produced 185,900 trucks in 2022 and is on track for another record year in 2023. The company has experienced good revenue ...