Ethanol is a liquid alcohol that is used as a fuel in Canada and the US, and some investors include ethanol stocks in their portfolios.
Ethanol is a liquid alcohol obtained from fermenting sugar, or starch converted to sugar. In Canada and the U.S., fuel ethanol is made from grains such as corn, wheat and barley. Small quantities have been made on an experimental basis from low-cost agricultural cellulosic biomass, like trees and grasses.
Ethanol can be used as a fuel for cars in its pure form, but it is usually used as a gasoline additive to increase octane and improve vehicle emissions.
Relative to gasoline, ethanol fuels reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Ethanol is made from plants, which absorb carbon dioxide during their growth. On a full fuel cycle (i.e. from plant growth to use of the fuel in a vehicle), a 10% ethanol-gasoline blend is estimated to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 4% if the ethanol is made from grains, and up to 8% if it is made from cellulosic biomass. Blends with 85% ethanol can reduce emissions by 60% to 80%.
Ethanol as fuel has a lot of conceptual appeal, especially with investor interest rising for non-hydrocarbon (coal, oil and gas), lower-polluting energy sources. However, many companies focusing on ethanol will have difficulty showing profits for a number of years. Several new ethanol plants will open in the next few years, which could lead to oversupply and lower prices. A drop in oil prices could also undercut ethanol’s appeal.
There’s room for ethanol stocks in your portfolio, but at TSI Network we recommend our three-part Successful Investor strategy:
Invest mainly in well-established companies;
Spread your money out across most if not all of the five main economic sectors (Manufacturing & Industry; Resources & Commodities; the Consumer sector; Finance; Utilities);
Downplay or avoid stocks in the broker/media limelight.
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