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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

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.

Brookfield Buys Cincinnati Bell, Who’s Next?

By Roger S. Conrad on Dec. 26, 2019

Trial testimony has concluded in the court challenge of the proposed merger of two US wireless giants and we expect an early 2020 close. The real issue is whether management will be able to deliver on lofty expectations.

Eversource “Carbon Neutral” by 2030: What it Means for Utilities

By Roger S. Conrad on Dec. 19, 2019

New England-based Eversource Energy (NYSE: ES) is the latest US electric utility to target zero carbon dioxide emissions, with a far more aggressive timetable than the 2050 date set by its sector peers.

What’s Next for PG&E?

By Roger S. Conrad on Dec. 17, 2019

California’s wildfire insurance law passed last summer essentially requires Governor Gavin Newsom’s approval for any successful restructuring of PG&E Corp (NYSE: PCG). But the giant utility’s proposal is, in his words, “woefully short.”

South Jersey Industries To Exit Maryland and More Utility M&A

By Roger S. Conrad on Dec. 13, 2019

The flow of mergers of entire utility companies has dried up, relative to the heady pace of a few years ago. But management teams are still finding plenty of assets to buy and sell.

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ABOUT ROGER CONRAD

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