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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

Unpacking Q2 Earnings

By Roger S. Conrad on Aug. 9, 2021

Since the July issue went to post, the Dow Jones Utility Average has generally trended higher. The result is the half-year return of less than 3 percent has grown to over 9 percent. One key reason: Solid Q2 results and strong guidance updates issued by the average’s 15 members. That includes this month’s Aggressive Focus stock AES Corp (NYSE: AES).

Deal Now, Cut Later

By Roger S. Conrad on Aug. 9, 2021
Announce a headline-worthy M&A transaction and promise meaningful debt reduction and stock buybacks. Then warn of a future unspecified dividend reduction after the close.

How We’ll Get Our Big Boost from the Infrastructure Bill

By Roger S. Conrad on Aug. 9, 2021
It’s still just a bill. And there will be many chances to sink it in the coming weeks, from Democrats’ insistence on moving a much larger package to Republican opposition to any compromise ahead of 2022 Congressional elections.

Mid-Summer Update: Business Momentum Picks up Steam

By Roger S. Conrad on Jul. 21, 2021
Our best in class utilities and essential services companies proved their resilience in pandemic-riddled 2020.

Into the Wilds

By Roger S. Conrad on Jul. 20, 2021
I’ve been an adult volunteer for Scouting BSA since my oldest son entered Tiger Cubs almost 20 years ago. So I wasn’t going to pass up the opportunity to accompany my youngest to Philmont Scout Reservation in northern New Mexico earlier this month, my third and likely final trek to scouting’s paradise.

Unlike the highways my oldest son and I took on our cross-country journey in early June, there’s not a lot of connectivity in the backcountry. And I’d never have been able to stay off the grid were it not for the support of Elliott Gue, my partner of more than 8 years at Capitalist Times.

Nonetheless, as with the June trip, I picked up several investment insights I’d like to share with you now.

Beating the Averages and Positioned for Big Gains

By Roger S. Conrad on Jul. 5, 2021

America’s electric utilities are on track for a 10th consecutive year of record capital spending in 2021, according to numbers compiled by the Edison Electric Institute.

That’s closely followed by the $70 billion plus the country’s five largest communications companies plan to spend this year, rolling out 5G wireless and expanding fiber broadband connections. And while pipeline construction remains highly contentious in many places, spending on gas and water systems also remains at elevated levels.

Southwest Gas: More than the Sum of its Parts

By Roger S. Conrad on Jul. 3, 2021
The history of utilities is packed with examples of management getting badly burned by investing outside regulated operations. That tends to keep stocks of companies that do at big discounts to their peers, as Southwest Gas Holdings (NYSE: SWX) is at 15.7 times expected next 12 months earnings.

Sempra Energy Restructured and Ready to Grow

By Roger S. Conrad on Jul. 3, 2021

Conservative Holding Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE) this week raised the mid-point of its 2021 earnings guidance range to $8.05 per share, a significant leap from the previous $7.80. That’s just one of the highlights from its June 29 Strategic Update and Financial Outlook.

Leveraging Lessons from the First Half

By Roger S. Conrad on Jul. 3, 2021

The Aggressive Holdings returned an average of 7.95 percent in the first half of the 2021. Conservative Holdings came in at 5.28 percent, while Top 10 DRIPs did the best at 12.34 percent. The average return for all 41 stocks across the portfolios was 8.1 percent.

Picks and Pans for Second Half 2021

By Roger S. Conrad on Jul. 3, 2021

A defensive reputation at a time when most investors are reaching for growth rather than income, concern about interest rates and inflation, heavy indexing to “green” stock indexes that faltered this spring and an unexpectedly severe winter storm that triggered a natural gas price spike.

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ABOUT ROGER CONRAD

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