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Master Limited Partnerships

Master limited partnership (MLP) investments offer a simple value proposition: tax-advantaged high yields and strong recession-resistant growth potential.

MLPs allow investors to defer much of their personal income tax liability for years into the future or, in many cases, indefinitely. Unlike regular corporations, a master limited partnership doesn’t pay traditional corporate-level tax. Instead, these partnerships pass through the majority of their income to investors in the form of regular quarterly distributions. In other words, 80 to 90 percent of the distribution you receive from the MLP is tax-deferred.

Learn more about how to add master limited partnerships to your portfolio with the latest in-depth analysis in the archive below. For a detailed understanding of the MLPs, including what they do, how they are taxed and the best plays to consider for your portfolio, check out our free guide: MLPs: High Yields and Low Taxes.

Kinder Merger: When Less Is Much More

Despite the premiums on offer, longer-term merger math favors KMI and corporate insiders.

Kinder Morgan Merger Twist

The general partner's unprecedented acquisition of its MLP affiliates finds a novel way to create value for insiders and other shareholders.

A Risk Worth Pursuing

Investors need a game plan for when things go wrong, and it starts with knowing when to cut losses. But patience with natural gas plays is likely to be rewarded in the long run. [add in MLPP version only:] Plus: a Targa earnings update.

Three New MLPs Headed to Market

Corporate spin-offs of partnership interests in chemicals, terminals and offshore rigs should draw bids given the solid projected yields.

Natural Gas Opportunities for MLP Investors

Soaring US production and the heavy slate of export projects hold great promise for those able to properly price the considerable risks.

Full Hearts, Thin Yields

Investors have bid the highest-growth MLPs to levels that raise the odds of a steep correction.

Emerge, Phillips 66 Lead Strong MLP Gains

Other fracking sand and refinery logistics partnerships also did well in the first half of the year. Meanwhile, Shell paved the way for the first MLP launch by an oil major.

Stingy Viper Soars, Foresight Found Lacking

Two recent IPOs highlighted investors’ preference for growth over yield.

YieldCos: The Pseudo-MLP

While Congress keeps the MLP Parity Act gathering dust, Wall Street’s creative tax planners have devised a shortcut for renewable energy income plays.

Seadrill Partners Grows in Parent’s Shadow

The offshore driller’s yielding less than its leveraged parent, but distributions are growing quickly. 

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