What’s Next for Oil Prices in 2016 and 2017

Oil prices surged during the first half of 2016. In February, the price of the U.S. benchmark West Texas Intermediate (WTI) hit a historic low of $26.21, but it rose more than 50% in the following months. The global benchmark, Brent crude, followed a very similar pattern in the first half of 2016.

Oil PricesDespite price fluctuations in June and July, Money Morning Global Energy Strategist Dr. Kent Moors believes the WTI crude oil price is currently in a sustainable range and could hit the mid-$50 per barrel by the end of 2016.

He forecasts that WTI crude oil prices will climb to the low $60 per barrel range in 2017 and sees Brent oil prices per barrel in the mid $60s next year.

Before we get into why our Money Morning oil price prediction shows these double-digit gains in 2017, here’s a recap of the 2016 price fluctuations…

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Spring Forward With Fruits and Vegetables

Now that you’ve finished up the big meal from the Spring holiday, let’s get the folks who strayed from their best laid “healthy” eating plan back on track. In this season of fresh tender vegetables and richly flavored fruits, these food groups come with plenty of the right stuff. Diets rich in fruits and vegetables are an aid in maintaining good health. A produce-filled diet can lower blood pressure, reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke, prevent some types of cancer, lower the risk of eye and digestive problems, and have a positive effect upon blood sugar which can help you monitor your appetite and avoid overeating.

According to research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) only one out of ten Americans eats enough fruits and vegetables. Consumption varies throughout the country, however all regions fall short of recommended goals. The federal recommendation for fruit is 1-1/2 to 2 cups a day while vegetables weigh in at 2 to 3 cups daily. How much is enough? If you eat one banana and one-half apple, you’ve met your fruit goal. You can knock out the veggie recommendations by adding a side salad or slaw with lunch and two vegetables with dinner. It is easy and this is the season when we start to see more of the fresh items that have been out of season. Although most fresh produce can be found year ’round, the price is generally better when they’re in season. And remember you can use canned, frozen or dried produce e to eat the amounts recommended each day.

In addition to the perennial favorites of asparagus, artichokes, chives, strawberries and grapefruit, I’m sharing information on in-season choices that may not be top-of-mind. One of my goals is to share options and encourage you to eat from a variety of foods to make a colorful plate.

New Potatoes are often red-skinned, small and freshly harvested. You can find them in the market April to July. They retain their shape when cooking and are a sweeter potato because their sugar content is not converted to starch yet. They are a good source of Vitamin C, and low in fat and calories. They also contain antioxidants which can help prevent hypertension and protect against heart disease and cancer.

Snap Peas are in the legume family. They are in the market March to June. The crisp pea pods do not require shucking before cooking and are a wealth of vitamins and minerals that are beneficial to both bone and heart health. They contain Vitamins A, C, B6, folate and vitamin K. These peas are low in calories and are a source of fiber.

Cara Cara Oranges are available December through April. These sweet and tangy oranges are seedless which makes them very easy to use as a snack or in salads. They are high in vitamin C with a reddish-pink flesh. The flavor is similar to strawberries and cranberries.

Kumquats are miniature oval-shaped oranges, which have a thin sweet skin that can be eaten. They also contain seeds which you will want to avoid because they are bitter; remove them before eating or cooking. They’re available January to June and make a great snack or addition to breads and muffins. This bite-size citrus is a good source of dietary fiber; vitamins C and A. Eight whole kumquats contain just 18 calories.

As you increase the fruits and vegetables in your daily diet, consider these foods and try new varieties found at the supermarket. As you try new items, think of them as samples-you just may like them enough to add to your menu often.

Save Big On Your London Trip By Proper Planning And Research

If you are a true adventurer at heart, you will want to plan and organize yourself the family trip to London you are thinking of. If you do not have time or do not know how to use the mouse and go online, then you will have to rely on your travel agent. Unfortunately, in such case your choices will be limited to what the agent will arrange for you. He or she may give you some brochures or can give you some London travel tips, especially if they went to London themselves.

But you and your family members will have much more fun if you try to prepare DIY vacations in London. In most cases it will cost you less and you will have double the fun – both during the preparations for the trip and when you actually get there.

It is important that you involve in planning and preparations all members of the family that will go with you – especially the teenagers! They will feel important, they may provide you with interesting input and the whole planning task will be a very useful educational job for them.

Most importantly, you will know what the expectations are learning about them will help avoid future disappointments and quarrels when you come to London. Such as about where to go and how to get there – e.g., going to one more museum or to do window shopping at Stella McCartney’s store, or whether to have a family meal at a pub or an ethnic eatery. Or other strategic issues, such as when to wake up, when leave the hotel and when to go to bed. It’s good to agree on that ahead of time and even put that in writing.

You should start the trip planning process by having a family meeting. Do brain storming to find out what the expectations about the trip are. Put in writing all of the ideas for the best London trip you would like to have. Start a London trip planning binder or folder and bring it to that meeting. You may already have some pictures and articles downloaded from the Internet and brochures from local travel agents.

By the way, I guarantee you that in the future you will appreciate having your stuff neatly gathered in that binder. It will be convenient and time saving and you will have quick and easy access to everything related to your London trip. You may even take the whole folder or at least part of it with you – to London.

Now, another smart move is to split the planning and research between family members – e.g., somebody works on finding the best airfare and accommodation, the other person plans the sightseeing itinerary and another one (if applicable) works on moving around the city and finding best shopping and dining. By doing that you will get everybody involved and excited during much longer period than the week you will be spending in London.

What is the best way to conduct your online research to prepare your London trip? Most of the people would go to Google and rely on that most popular search engine. It is true that you can be just fine by using it and its other popular products – like Google Earth. Some people say they do not have to travel to the UK; they can visit every corner of London with the powerful Google Earth program! Another excellent Google product you will find useful is Google pictures – it will help you easily recognize the London landmarks when you land there.

But I would like to suggest that you also use another search engine for your London trip research and planning. It is called Clusty – [http://clusty.com] – and it uses clusters – a bit different technology and presentation of search results. I found it very useful and convenient and use it a lot.

While doing your online research, use a methodical approach – create a folder in your Favorites, you can call it “London Trip” or something like that. Divide it into a number of sub-folders (e.g., Flights, Hotels, Museums, Castles, Entertainment, Dining, etc.) and save your most interesting findings accordingly.

The other good idea is to print the most important things and keep them in the trip folder for easy access.

Those are some of the most important planning tips that will make planning of your family trip much easier. If you use them, you will be well organized and as a result, you will save time and possibly money too – it will be easier for you to find great flight and hotel deals. Moreover, by making your preparations in such a methodical way, you will have all the bases covered and instead of unpleasant surprises, you will have a lot of fun when you finally get to London.