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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.

No Letup for Last Year’s Top IPO

Phillips 66 Partners keeps rallying despite a tiny yield as investors bet on rapid growth. Late buyers have to wonder how much gas remains in the tank. Plus: new advice on Kinder Morgan for subscribers.

Shelter Your Investment Income with MLPs

The sector plows profits into high-yielding, tax-deferred payouts.

Get to Know an MLP: Vanguard Natural Resources

The gas driller yields a little less than its upstream peers but has been no slouch when it comes to growing the distribution.

Boardwalk’s Expensive Lessons

A juicy yield is never a sufficient reason to invest, as the preventable losses suffered in the biggest MLP blowup this year demonstrate.

Play Ball: More IPOs on Deck

After a winter lull, prepare for a steady stream of new MLP offerings. Here’s what’s in the pipeline.

A Taxing Proposition

The MLP returns paperwork is not for the squeamish, or for investors with modest stakes and short horizons.

Get to Know an MLP: OCI Partners

The methanol producer is aiming for increased profitability and distributions after an upcoming plant upgrade.

King Coal Isn’t Dead Yet

The weakest energy commodity will benefit from costlier natural gas. Know the MLPs in line to profit.

Marshalling the Marines

Some offshore shipping partnerships have elected to be taxed in the US as corporations while sheltering on Pacific atolls.

When to Worry About MLPs

Unless the recent stream of corporate MLP spinoffs turns into a tidal wave, a Canadian-style ban seems unlikely. Plus: chat followups on five partnerships.

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