I used to be involved with oilfield construction. My job was to set up and configure all of the computer systems that automate and control an oil well / battery / plant. Even when the price of oil was high, oil wells were a somewhat risky venture. Anytime I went to work for a smaller company, i'd purchase some of their shares the day that construction was completed. I actually made pretty decent money, about 30% each year for two years. Unfortunately it all went south from there. When oil dipped below $100 I told myself that it was a cyclical industry, and jumping ship over small price fluctuations was stupid and that I should hang in for the long haul. I always invested in small volatile companies with high production costs. I had to, since that's the only way that a change in production would have a strong effect on their market price. So when oil continued to tank my investments also took a nose dive. LTS was both my largest success and biggest failure. Looking at the linked chart, I bought in early march 2014. There was an initial spike down when some startup issues caused a production delay. But in 2.5 short months the share price went from ~$6 to $8.50. Then oil started to drop, and I tried to hold out until new years 2015 because I am a dumb idiot. Now, I'm pretty convinced that the Canadian economy is going to shit the bed, so for now I keep my savings in a USD GIC. Fortunately I bought in before the CAD dropped too much, so if I wanted to cash it out i'd make a decent little profit. But of course this is entirely a fluke, i'm a really terrible investor.