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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.

Multiple-Choice Chat Quiz

Readers sought our help with two groups of MLPs, and Robert has the answers. Plus: a portfolio update on EQT Midstream for subscribers.

General Partners Hold a Winning Hand

Fast-growing incentives tend to trump the lower yield. Plus: chat follow-ups on AmeriGas and Legacy and a Kinder Morgan earnings update for subscribers. 

Beware the Bite of Tiny Yields

If interest rates continue to rise, some of the biggest recent winners among MLPs could struggle.

The Outlook for 2014

Most MLPs are well-hedged against downside commodity moves, but nitrogen and natural gas producers have plenty of upside.

2013’s Biggest Winners and Losers

Investment MLPs like Icahn Enterprises led the way over the last year, while fertilizer suppliers stunk up the joint.

Go With the General

There are good reasons to prefer general partner KMI over its affiliate KMP, Robert writes in another monthly chat followup.

Where the Grass Is Greener

Our monthly chat featured plenty of questions about the MLP investments we don’t currently recommend. Here’s a partial rundown.

Distributable Cash Is King

The key metric driving MLP returns has no universal definition. Here’s how to simplify the math and make sure the cash profit will sustain the distribution.

Navigating the Universe of MLPs

The Alerian indices are a rich source of information for investors

The Unkindest Cut for MLPs

All distribution reductions are not the same. Here’s how to decide which ones to sweat.

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