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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.

Oil Rich

The recommendations in our Conservative Portfolio represent the pinnacle of quality. This week, we’re adding a fee-fueled energy infrastructure MLP that focuses on oil.


Last week Roger Conrad and I gave several presentations and participated in a number of panel discussions at the San Francisco Money Show. Not surprisingly, Master Limited Partnerships (MLPs) and MLP Profits were popular topics of discussion. Here’s a rundown of three of the most commonly posed questions and my answers to each.

High Yields, No Taxes

Sound compelling? That’s what the best master limited partnerships offer investors. Here are our favorites.

8/20/09 BUY – Growth MLP

We've added another MLP to the Growth Portfolio.


8/13/09 BUY – Aggressive MLPs

We've added two MLPs to the Aggressive Portfolio.


Pick Your Spots When Swimming Upstream

Not all E&P plays are inherently risky. A handful of partnerships have carved out profitable and surprisingly steady businesses. Better still, the average E&P-focused MLP in our coverage universe yields over 11 percent, a significant premium to the average 8.5 percent yield offered by the Alerian MLP Index.

Strong Numbers

Two more Conservative Holdings reported earnings this week, and the news continues to be positive.

8/6/09 BREAKING NEWS – Aggressive MLP

An Aggressive MLP holding announced a signficant acquisition today.


MLPs Earning Their Keep

Of the 48 companies in the industry benchmark Alerian MLP Index, only three have cut their payouts over the past year. Even better, 37 stocks in the index have boosted distributions over the past year, and 20 hiked payouts in the second quarter.

Propane Partners in Profits

Two years into one of the worst recessions in US history, the four primary US propane pure-play MLPs are all holding up well. There have been zero distribution cuts, and three of the four have continued to increase their payouts at least once over the past year.

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