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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.

Reaching for Yields with MLPs

In a market where most income-oriented groups offer near record-low yields, investors are starving for income. All MLPs offer market-beating distributions, as well as attractive tax advantages, but fight the temptation to blindly reach for the highest yields.

Commodity Tailwinds

Four of the six recommendations in the MLP Profits Aggressive Portfolio have reported third quarter results. All four amply covered their distributions for the period.

Solid Numbers, Big Moves

High-quality energy assets with effective monopoly positions that generate virtually recession-proof fee income: That’s the hallmark of the six master limited partnerships that populate the MLP Profits Conservative Portfolio.

Going Forward

With the uncertainties of the economy, where do we go from here? How can MLPs help? 

High Yields, Big Gains and Reasonable Valuations

MLPs with sustainable yields and the potential for growth remain a good value.


MLP Profits have 2 main portfolios. In between the 2 is the Growth Portfolio.

A Better Way

Financial system reform has taken a back seat to health care in the Obama administration’s first nine months. This won’t last forever. And that has profoundly unfortunate implications for investors in one group of MLPs: investment partnerships.

Strong Parents Make Healthy MLPs

MLPs offer investors a simple value proposition: double-digit, tax-advantaged yields and strong recession-resistant growth potential.

Upside for G&P MLPs

There is one sector of the MLP universe that’s more exposed to commodity prices than the producers over the near term: Gathering and Processing (G&P) MLPs. But this segment is showing signs of recovery and we're monitoring some beaten down names for potential inclusion in our Aggressive Growth Portfolio.

Master Limited Partnerships Explained

Elliott Gue and Roger Conrad hosted a conference call on Sept. 17, 2009, to outline the prospects for high-yielding MLPs. An audio recording of the presentation is now available to PF readers as this issue’s Web Exclusive Advisory.

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