Investors looking to Direct Participation Programs (DPPs) as Shocks to the Stock Market Continue

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"Investing in Oil & Gas: the ABCs of DPPs (Direct Participation Programs)", a new book, investigates the growingly popular DPP investment choice, especially in light of the credit crisis, stock market volatility and unrest. DPPs are most often investment structures with cash flow in areas like commercial real estate and energy, which usually offer tax benefits. The book reviews the interconnected world of oil & gas today and breaks it down for potential investors and consumers alike.

Oil and energy are contentious, emotional subjects

"Investing in Oil & Gas: the ABCs of DPPs (Direct Participation Programs)", the newly published book by Kathy Heshelow, investigates a growingly popular DPP choice. DPPs are investment programs designed to let investors participate directly in the cash flow and tax benefits of the underlying investment. DPPs are generally passive and most often involve real estate (like non-traded REITs or TICs) or oil & gas offerings. The Investment Program Association (IPA) recently announced that more than $5.3B was invested into DPPs in the first half of 2008, with more than $1.1B invested in each of the past two months. The 2007 investment total of $10.7B surpassed the record levels set in 1987.

Investors often choose an oil & gas drilling program due to the generous tax write-offs in the year of investment. These tax incentives were placed into the code to encourage domestic drilling. The United States imports more than 65% of oil that we consume, which has grown steadily - it imported only 10% of the oil needs in 1970.

"Oil and energy are contentious, emotional subjects," says Heshelow. "I have laid out a number of big-picture facts about the situation of oil & gas today in my book, which is important for any consumer to understand. The facts actually build a case for alternative energy needs, as well. I drill down to what potential investors need to know." The book covers broader subjects like the history of oil and the state of oil & gas today, but also focused subjects on investment structures, tax, and the pros & cons. " Oil & gas can be a volatile investment not made for everyone, but for the right investors, it can be a very needed diversification. I think readers will start to understand the implications of 'peak oil', if they are not already aware. This will most definitely play into investment dynamics in future."

Heshelow believes educated investors and consumers are better investors and consumers. "Investing in Oil & Gas:the ABCs of DPPs", while focused on investment dynamics, does cover the petroleum subject broadly and includes how world politics and our government policies come into play.

Heshelow, who also authored "Effortless Cash Flow:the ABCs of TICs (Tenant in Common Properties)", says the book is now available and is happy to answer questions about her book. Toll free 866-891-1031 or Legacykathy @


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