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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.

Upward and Onward

Three Aggressive Holdings reported second-quarter results. Their numbers, and a distribution increase from a Conservative Holding, confirm that this earnings season is shaping up well for the MLP Profits Portfolio.

7/27/10: MLP Funds

Over the past few months investment banks have launched a slew of exchange-traded notes and exchange-traded funds that focus on master limited partnerships (MLP). Although this bodes well for liquidity and valuations, investors should be wary of investing in some of these new offerings.

On Track

Second-quarter results from two of our favorite Conservative Portfolio holdings bode well for future distribution growth and suggest that fundamentals in the market for natural gas liquids remain robust.

Why Energy-Focused MLPs are Still a Buy

The industry benchmark Alerian MLP Index slipped in May but hit fresh 52-week highs in July, and the Alerian MLP Total Return Index--which includes reinvested dividends--has touched new all-time highs. But energy-focused don't appear overvalued: MLPs offer an attractive yield relative to historical norms and compared to other income-producing groups.

MLP Profits

Master limited partnerships are usually considered stable, income-focused investments. But our favorites have been strongly outperforming the typical S&P 500 stock on price as well.

Questions, Answers and a New Addition

Our new Aggressive Portfolio recommendation is a leveraged play on a midstream natural gas business with extensive coal interests.

The Gulf, UBTI and Carried Interest

Conservative Holding Enterprise Products Partners LP’s (NYSE: EPD) exposure to the Gulf of Mexico will have little impact on results. The inevitable trend toward onshore exploration and production will actually help the company.

Macondo and Master Limited Partnerships (MLP)

The need to build out infrastructure to support onshore US unconventional gas, NGLs and oil production will drive growth for energy-focused master limited partnerships. The Macondo disaster will accelerate efforts to boost onshore output, outweighing any negative impacts from lower production volumes in the Gulf of Mexico.

Masters of the Income Universe

A fear-driven selloff offers a golden opportunity to lock in high, tax-advantaged yields from fast-growing master limited partnerships.

Focus on Fundamentals

Over the past year energy-focused MLPs have become more popular for the very same reasons as in the mid-1980s: high yields and tax advantages. Forget yields--focus on fundamentals when making your investment decisions.

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