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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.

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.

Spain and US Employment: Twin Catalysts for a Correction

Mounting concerns about Spain’s economic mess, combined with poor US employment numbers, are casting a pall over stocks. A silver lining among these clouds: our favorite high-yield US trusts and MLPs have pulled back off recent highs, as we come close to a buying opportunity in these groups.


The Market is Still Vulnerable

Caution remains the prudent strategy, as investors get carried away and mistake a few economic tailwinds for a secular shift. We’ve had a great run, but now's the time to lock in some gains.

Utica Club: Growth Opportunities for MLPs in the Utica Shale

With upstream operators ramping up appraisal and development programs in the Ohio portion of the Utica Shale, midstream companies have launched a number of projects to support these efforts.

MLP Investing: Focus on Fundamentals

All too often, investors focus on a master limited partnership’s yield rather than its underlying business. This shortsightedness is hardly a new problem.

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