Oil and gas companies are popping up at an alarming rate due to the perception that is being created about oil and gas investing being a quick and easy way to make money. The problem, of course, is that oil and gas companies who appear overnight and make wild promises about easy money are often talking about the money they’ll make by swindling you out of yours, not the money you will make as an investor.
Certainly, when you choose legitimate oil and gas companies, there exists an enormous potential for profit and cash flow, but it does not come without some risk. In fact, any time you consider oil and gas companies in developing your investment portfolio, you should be careful to investigate thoroughly what the company is offering and how it will benefit you. If the oil and gas companies you are considering are not capable of demonstrating a clear return on investment potential with risks that are mitigated by thorough and credible geological surveys, a reasonable cost per unit of ownership, and a comfortable return rate, keep looking.
Many oil and gas companies that spring up over night are simply looking for investors who have been so frustrated by the volatility of the financial and real estate markets that they are willing to consider anything to protect and grow their wealth. If, as an investor, you feel that you are reaching this level of frustration, please take the time to consider carefully what the oil and gas companies are telling you. If you are working with a company that is promising a certain production rate or guaranteeing a rate of return, you should look elsewhere.
On the same note, if the oil and gas companies you are considering are trying to pressure you to make a snap decision about the investment or intimating that it is a hush-hush back room deal, you should move on.
Legitimate oil and gas companies will be willing to offer you the information you need to make an informed decision, offer no pressure about whether or not you choose to invest, and be willing to answer any questions you might have about the wells in question, the structure of the investment, or the research that has gone into choosing the well location.