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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.

Strong 2010 Encourages MLP IPOs

Investors should closely examine any new MLPs that plan to go public; partnerships often grow their distributions rapidly in their first two years as a public company.

The Power of Equity

Misinformation is the bane of individual investors. Here’s the truth about MLPs capital raising efforts--including how the best use new equity to fuel long-term distribution growth.

Special Alert: The Truth about Tax Cuts

The big news coming out of Washington this week was an apparent compromise between Congressional Republicans and the White House over two divisive issues: tax cuts and unemployment benefits.

Higher Oil Prices, More Upside

Third-quarter reporting season has finally drawn to a close for our coverage universe. Over the past few issues we’ve analyzed results from all but five Portfolio holdings. Here’s a look at the last five names.

MLPs: Follow the Growth

MLPs that grow their businesses grow their distributions, too. Focus on those with track records of investing in cash-generating assets.

Higher Distributions Justify Higher Buy Targets

Strong third-quarter results from four of our favorite master limited partnerships bode well for future growth and justify higher buy targets.

MLPs and ETFs

We’re generally skeptical of exchange-traded funds, but our in-house expert and editor of Global ETF Profits Benjamin Shepherd has useful advice on how to use them in your portfolio.

Are Master Limited Partnerships Overvalued?

Don't believe the hype. Energy-focused master limited partnerships aren't overvalued.

It’s Fundamental

Strong fundamentals mean that MLPs aren't overvalued.

MLPs: How They Rate

The MLPP Safety Rating System is the backbone of our portfolio selection process.

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