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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.

8/13/09 BUY – Aggressive MLPs

We've added two MLPs to the Aggressive Portfolio.

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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.

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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.

7/24/09 BUY – Growth MLP

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Gathering Yields

Partnerships engaged in the gathering and processing business have taken their lumps over the past year thanks to lower commodities prices and weaker drilling activity. But these conditions won't persist forever; we highlight a high-yielding MLP that offers significant growth potential for aggressive investors.

7/16/09 BUY – Aggressive MLP

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7/9/09 BUY – Conservative MLP

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