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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.

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.

The Price is Right?

MLPs face a new challenge in 2012: valuations. Taking advantage of the market's misperceptions and pricing inefficiencies will be the key to outperforming in 2012.

MLPs and Building Wealth

Master limited partnerships (MLP) are one of the surest groups for solid growth and sustainable distributions.

The Case for MLPs: Investor Psychology and Demographics

Investor psychology and demographics will also contribute to master limited partnerships' long-term growth prospects.

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.

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