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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.

From Stability to Growth

For many Aggressive MLPs the question is no longer whether they’ll be able to maintain their current payout but how long investors will need to wait before these firms start boosting distributions again.

Debt Busters

By late 2008 it was clear even to the man on the street that this country had become chronically over-leveraged. Too many people had taken on too much debt they couldn’t possibly service, and exposure to default was too widespread for the center to hold.

9/4/09 BUY – Conservative MLP

We've added a new recommendation to the Conservative Portfolio.


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.

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