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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

Utilities and Hurricanes: Responding to Harvey and Irma

By Roger S. Conrad on Sep. 25, 2017
How utilities respond to storm-related outages can have important implications for regulatory relations.

A Changing of the Guard in Master Limited Partnerships

By Roger S. Conrad on Sep. 15, 2017
Massive distribution cuts from the likes of Plains All-American Pipeline LP have severely damaged midstream master limited partnerships' (MLP) reputation among income investors. But our favorite MLPs trade at favorable valuations and offer exposure to compelling volumetric growth stories.

Buying Smart

By Roger S. Conrad on Sep. 10, 2017
September is often the cruelest month for the stock market, including utilities. This year, however, nothing has broken the sector’s upward momentum, including devastating hurricanes, uncertainty surrounding tax reform, and a pending trade case that could slow the adoption of solar power in the US. We’re not complaining; our Portfolio holdings continue to benefit from this momentum. But the higher bar of expectations that comes with these lofty valuations increases the potential for disappointment. This month’s update to the Utility Report Card uses our proprietary Conrad’s Utility Investor Value Index to compare current valuations to previous peaks in the run-up to the 2000-01 and 2008-09 meltdowns. The biggest takeaway from this exercise is that many utility stocks trade at valuations that exceed these highs. Some of this disconnect between fundamentals and valuations likely stems from the growing popularity of passive investment strategies, a phenomenon we explore at length in the feature article. Nevertheless, we continue to find value in our coverage universe.

Macro Talk

By Roger S. Conrad on Sep. 10, 2017
Macroeconomic developments and moves in the broader market matter when you buy and hold individual stocks. But if you have chosen well, paid a reasonable price, and can keep your emotions in check, even a 2008-style collapse will only delay, not derail, your wealth-building efforts.

Finding Value in an Overbought Market

By Roger S. Conrad on Sep. 10, 2017
The Dow Jones Utility Average hit a new all-time high this month, but pockets of value still exist in our coverage universe.

The Last Bargain in Yieldco Land

By Roger S. Conrad on Sep. 9, 2017
Maligned for an ostensibly broken business model earlier this year, the yieldcos covered in our Utility Report Card have rallied hard, rewarding patient investors with impressive gains. After this run-up, only one yieldco still trades below our buy target.

Bag this Big Yielder

By Roger S. Conrad on Sep. 9, 2017
Take advantage of recent weakness in this master limited partnership's stock to lock in a 9 percent yield.

The Second (Distribution) Cut is the Deepest?

By Roger S. Conrad on Sep. 9, 2017
Longtime Endangered Dividends List member Plains All-American Pipeline LP announced its second distribution cut in a year.

Two Reasons to Stick with Southern Company

By Roger S. Conrad on Sep. 1, 2017
We explore the reasons behind Southern Company's recent underperformance and explain why investors should stick with the stock.

Sempra Energy’s Takeover Offer for Oncor Electric Delivery: Fourth Time’s a Charm?

By Roger S. Conrad on Aug. 25, 2017
Sempra Energy's takeover offer for Energy Future Holdings--the fourth bid that brought before the Public Utility Commission of Texas--has a good chance of securing approval, though some adjustments may be necessary.

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ABOUT ROGER CONRAD

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