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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.

MLPs and Taxation: A Quick Refresher for Tax Season

Partnerships are highly tax-advantaged securities, but these advantages can easily become disadvantages if investors don’t understand the basics of MLP taxation.

MLP Distributions: Go for Growth

Buying only the highest yielding master MLPs without understanding their underlying businesses and future prospects is a recipe for disaster. Instead, focus on MLPs that will grow their distributions over time.

Still Paying Their Way

The Alerian MLP Index has rallied sharply since early October and outperformed the S&P 500 in November, fueled by the group's growing reputation for defensive growth and solid third-quarter results.

Here’s the Deal: MLPs

Although the Alerian MLP Index has rebounded substantially since the end of the third quarter, the group continues to trade at a favorable valuation.

Behind the Biggest Yields

We take a one-by-one look at the MLPs in under How They Rate coverage that are currently paying more than 8 percent.

9/14/11: Enterprise Gets Larger

The closing of a merger in the MLP space makes the cash flows of one of our favorite investments the most reliable in the industry.

MLPs: Still Time to Step to the Plate

Action over the past month has been wild. Our favorite master limited partnerships’ second-quarter numbers prove once again that they’re able to generate consistent results and build wealth whatever heat the market serves up.

Opportunity Knocks

Weakness in the broader market provides an ideal opportunity to lock in high yields on our favorite energy-focused MLPs.

Solid Numbers = Fat Returns to Come

Five MLP Profits Portfolio Holdings report second-quarter earnings. Five MLP Profits Portfolio Holdings raise their distributions.

Big Returns for Midstream Oil and Gas Companies

The MLPs that are best-positioned to benefit from rising onshore oil and NGL production are those with existing infrastructure in the hottest plays--the barriers to entry are steep.

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