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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.

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.

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.

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