The massive decline in oil prices over the last several months has clogged the headlines. Investors certainly have no shortage of opinions to sift through in trying to determine how the recent events in oil might impact the economy and financial markets going forward. Such viewpoints range from those predicting widespread negative spillover effects to others celebrating the boost to the economy and the attractive investment opportunities now available across the energy sector. This can leave many investors feeling confused about what actions if any they should take in response. At times like these, it is often helpful to begin by taking the simplest approach, which is to look at what prices alone are telling us. So far, they suggest that fires are still raging across the oil sector and that more challenges may lie ahead.
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