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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.

Tackling Hot-Button Topics

Interest rates, taxes and Linn Energy sparked plenty of interest during our monthly chat. Here are some long-form answers

A Record Year for MLP IPOs

Energy investors have no shortage of new public partnerships to choose from, including a leading Northeast fuel distributor.

Don’t Give Up on the Refiners

Refining partnerships have had to drastically cut distributions, but better times are ahead. Plus: Icahn is flying high.

The ABC’s of the 3:2:1 Spread

Even MLP investors who’ve steered clear of refiners need to understand downstream profit dynamics.

Deals Demonstrate Value of MLPs

The year’s biggest IPO to date involved an MLP affiliate, and investors also welcomed Devon's merger of its US midstream assets with Crosstex.

New Partnerships on the Block

Some of the MLPs that have debuted in recent months combine market momentum with tempting payouts.

Off to a Flying Start

Most of the first-half MLP IPOs have forged good gains, and a couple have turned into big winners.

Upstream Turbulence Yields Bargains

Investors who have dumped well-hedged exploration and production MLPs may come to regret those decisions.

Money Growing on Trees

Timber, infrastructure and private equity are among the industries using partnerships to shield income from corporate taxation.

How to Spot the Top High-Yielding MLPs

Investing in the top high yielding MLPs can boost your income and give you potential for big gains. Here are three ways to zero in on the best ones.

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