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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.

The MLP IPO Boom and Its Discontents

In the past 12 months, 15 prospective publicly traded partnerships have filed registration statements with the Securities and Exchange Commission. But this structure isn't for everyone.

Wholesale Changes: The Surge in Downstream MLP IPOs

What's driving the sudden surge in downstream MLP IPOs, especially those that own and operate wholesale fuel distribution assets?

Marcellus Shale M&A Activity: Midstream vs Upstream

Deal flow has picked up for mistream assets in the Marcellus Shale, but acquisitions of upstream properties have stalled because of ultra-depressed natural gas prices.

Share Issuance Halted for Top MLP ETN

Our earlier warnings about the pitfalls of exchange-traded notes (ETN) proved more prescient than we could have imagined. Just weeks after we wrote about this topic, JPMorgan Chase decided to temporarily cease creating new shares of a popular MLP ETN.

A Robust Pipeline of MLP IPOs

For income-seeking investors, initial public offerings of master limited partnerships can be a lucrative opportunity to buy into long-term growth stories at favorable valuations.

The Case for Investing in MLPs

The recent pullback in the stock market gives investors an opportunity to lock in elevated yields on units of our favorite master limited partnerships.

Chesapeake’s Tempest in a Teapot

Ignore the braying of the crowd. The scandal surrounding Chesapeake Energy has nothing to do with the company’s fundamentals.

Kinder Morgan Energy Partners LP: Ignore the Naysayers

One stock has outperformed the Alerian MLP Index over the past decade and exhibited even less volatility: Kinder Morgan Energy Partners LP (NYSE: KMP).

No Fracking Way: Hydraulic Fracturing is Here to Stay

Investors shouldn't worry about the federal government imposing restrictive regulations on hydraulic fracturing.

Let’s Make a Deal: Marcellus Shale Edition

Recent deal flow in the Marcellus Shale highlights a number of key trends.

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