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Phillip J. Baratz
Phillip J. Baratz
Philip J. Baratz is president of Angus Energy which he co-founded in 1991 and the Managing Member of Angus Partners, LLC. Angus began providing hedging services in 1991, and has grown steadily, with over 600 clients, including publicly traded companies and municipalities. Angus offers a diverse range of products and services to distributors and end users, each customized to the needs and locations of the client. Phil founded, built and successfully sold Total Gas & Electric, a deregulated energy marketing company, which exceeded $100 million in sales. He also is a board member of several industry associations as well as several privately owned home heating oil companies. From 1983-1985 he was a member of, and trader on, the New York Futures Exchange. He has been trading in futures and options since 1983 and exclusively energy related since 1991. Beginning in, 1991, Phil has written a monthly column in Oilheating Magazine (now Indoor Comforting Magazine) and has been published in a variety a trade publications.
Articles by Phillip J. Baratz
At this years’ Eastern Energy Expo (EEE) at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, CT, I gave a presentation to a large room full of oil dealers who are starting to realize that the “information is…
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As businesses and industries mature, several different types of leaders and decision-makers emerge. Some take on the “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” attitude, while others live by the mantra that “good isn’t good…
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With all due deference to Billy Joel, we are not in a New York State of mind, this month. Despite growing up and spending the formidable years of my life in the Big Apple, there…
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There are a number of telltale signs of the summer. There are traffic jams to and from the beaches every weekend, there are long and relaxing weekends (for some)—and there are sightings in the wilderness…
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Coming off a season that—unfortunately—had consistently high prices and Super Storm Sandy, but also —fortunately—had “normal” weather, it’s time to take a quick breath before planning for next year. Okay, that was long enough! This…
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As a general rule, the most profitable and most loyal customers that a heating oil dealer has are those who participate in price-protection programs. Whether it is the programs that the dealer offers that makes…
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Over the past few years, as we have spent more and more time with our clients on matters that were not exclusively related to offering fixed and capped price programs, we have learned about various…
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I recently reviewed an analyst’s scathing report on the financial affairs of a large, vertically integrated energy business, and started to wonder about the woes of this particular company, and how losses could stack up…
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Though we still have another couple of months of winter ahead of us, in today’s “reality” there is no room for complacency for the owners or managers of heating oil companies. The notion of sitting…
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As the heating season is in full stride, dealers are generally more focused on TODAY than on planning for tomorrow or on wondering what the P&L impacts of some actions will end up being. More…
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