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  • Roger S. Conrad

Roger S. Conrad needs no introduction to individual and professional investors, many of whom have profited from his decades of experience uncovering the best dividend-paying stocks for accumulating sustainable wealth.

Roger built his reputation with Utility Forecaster, a publication he founded more than 20 years ago that The Hulbert Financial Digest routinely ranked as one of the best investment newsletters. He’s also a sought-after expert on master limited partnerships (MLP) and former Canadian royalty trusts.

In April 2013, Roger reunited with his long-time friend and colleague, Elliott Gue, becoming co-editor of Energy & Income Advisor, a semimonthly online newsletter that’s dedicated to uncovering the most profitable opportunities in the energy sector.

Although the masthead may have changed, readers can count on Roger to deliver the same high-quality analysis and rational assessment of the best dividend-paying utilities, MLPs and dividend-paying Canadian energy names.

Articles

Kinder Passes Midstream’s Stress Test, Who’s Next?

By Roger S. Conrad on Jan. 23, 2020

Recently released Q4 results indicate there's a sector-wide stress test in progress, and it’s not likely to let up at least until the second half of 2020.

Post-Merger Aqua America: Great Company, High Price

By Roger S. Conrad on Jan. 18, 2020

I’ve personally owned Aqua America (NYSE: WTR) since it was Philadelphia Suburban. And thanks to the wealth-compounding power of dividend reinvestment, my Aqua shares are worth almost 14 times what I initially put in.

Hunting Bond Bargains in a Seller’s Market

By Roger S. Conrad on Jan. 14, 2020

About year ago, we pounded the table to buy selected high yield bonds. Since then, each of our recommendations has scored solid capital gains, while providing yields as high as 10 percent.

Looking for Loaded Laggards

By Roger S. Conrad on Jan. 12, 2020

It was a great year for utility stocks with the Dow Jones Utility Average returning 27.3 percent. It was also the best yet for our loaded laggards strategy: Conservative Holdings returned 35.1 percent, Aggressive Holdings 31.2 percent and the Top 10 DRIPs 36.5 percent.

One key catalyst for our outperformance was a spike in investor interest for anything to do with renewable energy. We also mostly eschewed stocks with historically valuations and successfully avoided companies with weakening underlying businesses.

Portfolio Strategy for a (Likely) More Challenging Year

By Roger S. Conrad on Jan. 12, 2020

In investing, it’s common for good years to follow good years, and great years often follow average or poor ones. But historically great years like what we’ve just enjoyed at Conrad’s Utility Investor rarely if ever come back to back.

Picks and Pans for 2020

By Roger S. Conrad on Jan. 12, 2020

Last year, Utilities Select Sector SPDR Fund (NYSE: XLU) returned almost 26 percent. The iShares Select Dividend ETF (NYSE: DVY), preferred by many advisors to holding individual stocks, did nearly as well at 22.6 percent.

Where Last Year’s Dividend Cutters Stand Now

By Roger S. Conrad on Jan. 12, 2020

16 Utility Report Card companies reduced their dividends in calendar year 2019. That compares to 128 raising payouts, 23 that held them level and 27 that currently pay no dividend.

Edison International: High Quality at a Discount

By Roger S. Conrad on Jan. 12, 2020

In February 2018, I recommended Edison International (NYSE: EIX) as a new Aggressive Holding. Shares had taken just a big hit on concern the company would be held liable for billions in 2017 wildfire damages under the state’s “inverse condemnation” law.

Vistra Energy: Power Play at a Bargain Price

By Roger S. Conrad on Jan. 12, 2020

When Vistra Energy (NYSE: VST) emerged from the TXU bankruptcy in late 2016, we weren’t optimistic. Wholesale electricity prices were in a multi-year slide, and the economics of the company’s coal heavy assets were eroding even faster.

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ABOUT ROGER CONRAD

Roger S. Conrad needs no introduction to individual and professional investors, many of whom have profited from his decades of experience uncovering the best dividend-paying stocks for accumulating sustainable wealth. Roger b