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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

Utility Bonds: Navigating Risk in a Low Reward Market

By Roger S. Conrad on Apr. 20, 2021

With companies ramping up investment on everything from renewable energy to storage and grid upgrades, utilities will eventually come back to the debt market. I expect many will favor low-cost green bonds

Renewable Energy Yieldcos: Expecting IPOs

By Roger S. Conrad on Apr. 19, 2021

Yieldcos made their debut in the middle of the previous decade, as renewable energy’s answer to master limited partnerships but waned in popularity as MLPs collapsed, and the Trump administration instituted policies unfriendly to renewable energy. But there are two very good reasons to expect an eventual return of yieldco IPOs.

For Big Utility Stock Returns Look to Infrastructure and M&A

By Roger S. Conrad on Apr. 12, 2021

$274 billion: That’s the staggering sum President Biden’s infrastructure plan would allocate to US utilities, as investment in new transmission lines, renewable energy deployment and electrification of transportation. Bloomberg Intelligence estimates that’s enough to add at least 2 percentage points to utility earnings growth rates. Getting that into rate base would require the assent of Congress as well as state regulators. But even $100 billion of fresh tax incentives and other subsidy would provide a huge lift for earnings and dividends, and ultimately share prices.

Kinder Morgan: Big Yield from a Long Life Business

By Roger S. Conrad on Apr. 12, 2021

Since results of the November 2020 presidential election became clear, shares of Aggressive Holding Kinder Morgan Inc (NYSE: KMI) are up nearly 50 percent.

Edison International: Betting on Electric Vehicles the Safe Way

By Roger S. Conrad on Apr. 12, 2021

From range limits to battery costs, electric vehicles have a long way to go before they rule America’s roads. And even the leading name in EV manufacturing Tesla Inc (NSDQ: TSLA) still relies on tax credits and outside capital to fund operations.

Focus on Quality and Value

By Roger S. Conrad on Apr. 12, 2021

Perceived value always sets the price for stocks. And anyone who’s invested a while knows that can shift on a dime, as leaders and laggards trade places. Quality doesn’t change so quickly. That’s the health and growth of companies’ underlying businesses.

When Gauging Dividend Safety Watch the Debt

By Roger S. Conrad on Apr. 12, 2021

So far, 2021 is shaping up favorably for dividends in our Utility Report Card coverage universe. That’s thanks to last year’s aggressive measures to shore up balance sheets as well as the firming global economy.

Utility M&A Heats Up Again: Here’s Where to Bet

By Roger S. Conrad on Apr. 12, 2021

Electricity, heating, water and communications have been essential services for well over a century. And over that time, not one of the literally thousands of mergers between operators has failed to produce a stronger and more resilient company.

No other industry can boast such a track record. And it’s the clearest possible endorsement of the advantages of utility scale. These sectors must be able to raise and effectively deploy massive amounts of capital to assuring universally reliable, affordable and environmentally sustainable service.

Three Great Ways to Bet on Utility M&A

By Roger S. Conrad on Mar. 27, 2021

Exhaustive reviews, impossible public interest standards and no guarantee of eventual success: That’s the consensus outlook for mergers and acquisitions activity under the Biden Administration. Nonetheless, utility M&A is alive and well.

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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