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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.

Caution In Order After Surge

Upstream MLPs have regained much ground over the last month, but it’s too early to celebrate and too late to buy.

Columbia on Launch Pad

The first MLP IPO of the new year will test investors’ appetite for another large midstream growth vehicle.

Upstream Scrambles, Midstream Deals

We answer subscriber queries about Energy Transfer, Kinder Morgan and the oil price plunge.

Sorting the Fallout From Crude Crash

Cheap oil is not an immediate threat to most MLPs, but further declines would likely make them cheaper. Plus: chat followups on ONEOK and Hi-Crush Partners.

A Crude Boom Built on Sand

Oil this cheap will not last, and when it bounces so should the suppliers of fracking filler.

A Tempered Outlook for 2015

Oil prices should start to recover this year, but with natural gas depressed as well the entire MLP space must brace for slower growth.

The Top MLPs of 2014

Despite a broad decline in the energy sector, midstream MLPs performed extremely well in 2014.

The Bad and the Ugly of 2014

Many MLPs have been hard hit by the drop in energy prices, but the worst punched their own ticket to the bottom of the pile.

Future Tense for MLPs

My 2015 predictions include a muted recovery, more deals and continuing troubles for Linn Energy.

High Plains Lifters

Two partnerships shipping natural gas across the northern Plains have proven resilient to the crash in oil prices.

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