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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 Parity for Solar as Congress Slumbers

The MLP Parity Act remains stymied by legislative gridlock. Plus: chat follow-ups on Regency and Golar LNG, and an Energy Transfer Equity update for subscribers.

An Enticing Discount on MLPs

Some closed-end funds invested in the space are selling well below their asset value. But they may be cheap for a reason. Plus: Boardwalk blows up.

Searching in Vain for Cheap Propane

Cold weather, a wet crop and rising exports have combined to leave the vital fuel in short supply. But the four big distributors won’t profit equally.  

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.

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