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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

Thoughts on Kinder Morgan’s Guidance and Second-Quarter Results

By Roger S. Conrad on Jul. 21, 2017
Kinder Morgan's management team unveiled a plan for the midstream giant to grow its dividend by 60 percent next year. Despite this big talk, the stock remains a show-me story.

07/10/17: Portfolio Moves

By Roger S. Conrad on Jul. 10, 2017
We've made a few opportunistic sales and purchases to round out the Aggressive Income Portfolio.

Tipping Point

By Roger S. Conrad on Jul. 9, 2017
Through the end of the second quarter, more than half the roughly 200 companies covered in our Utility Report Card increased their dividends at least once. Fifteen cut their payouts over this period. About three-quarters of our coverage universe are in the black this year. Lofty valuations on last year’s winners make it much harder for even the strongest names to make significant headway this year—a reason for investors to stay disciplined and stick to our value-based buy targets. The Dow Jones Utility Average historically has struggled to trade at these elevated levels without suffering a reversion to the mean. Whether the benchmark index’s 5 percent decline from its June high marks a real tipping point remains to be seen, though the recent action bears a strong resemblance to the selloff that occurred last summer. Meanwhile, another tipping point for electric utilities has appeared on the horizon: Recent trends suggest that over the coming decade, unsubsidized solar- and wind-power projects will be able to compete on cost with existing coal- and gas-fired power plants. This topic figured prominently at a launch event for Bloomberg New Energy Finance’s recently published energy outlook and at the Energy Information Administration’s annual conference. I attended both and share some of my top takeaways in this issue. Although investors should always view long-term forecasts with skepticism, electric utilities’ investment plans and strategic decisions suggest that the rise of renewable energy could be a real profit driver for the sector, especially when paired with efficiency initiatives.

A Dip, But No Dive

By Roger S. Conrad on Jul. 9, 2017
Does the Dow Jones Utility Average’s recent pullback mark the start of a reversion to the mean?

The Future is Electric

By Roger S. Conrad on Jul. 9, 2017
Tough talk from the Trump administration doesn’t change the economic factors driving massive changes in the US energy landscape. Regulated utilities appear particularly well-positioned to profit from this epic transition.

Calm before the Storm?

By Roger S. Conrad on Jul. 9, 2017
For a second consecutive month, none of the companies covered in our Utility Report Card cut their dividends. The start of second-quarter earnings season could shatter this calm. We highlight some of the names that could hit their dividends with a shrink ray.

Kind of a Big Deal

By Roger S. Conrad on Jul. 9, 2017
A bargain-priced acquisition underscores the value of having a supportive sponsor and gives this master limited partnership a solid presence in India, a country with big plans to expand its renewable-energy capacity.

A Next-Generation Telecom at a Last-Generation Price

By Roger S. Conrad on Jul. 9, 2017
A rapidly growing cloud services division makes this international telecom giant a great value play.

A New Trend in Utility M&A?

By Roger S. Conrad on Jun. 23, 2017
Does Eversource Energy's recently announced acquisition of Aquarion Water mark the start of a new trend in utility mergers and acquisitions?

Revisiting our Picks and Pans for 2017

By Roger S. Conrad on Jun. 12, 2017
The January 2017 issue of Conrad’s Utility Investor highlighted our top picks and pans across the various industries covered in our Utility Report Card. Here’s an update on how these pairs have fared.

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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