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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.

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.

AT&T and Verizon Communications: A Near-Term Surprise and Long-Term Promise

By Roger S. Conrad on Jul. 28, 2017
AT&T and Verizon Communications' second-quarter subscriber additions surprised to the upside, catalyzing a sharp rally in these telecom titans' stock prices. We explain the value of taking a longer view on these names.

Utility Regulators Grow More Assertive on M&A Terms

By Roger S. Conrad on Jul. 22, 2017
Mergers and acquisitions continue apace in the utility sector, but regulators have grown more assertive about ensuring that these deals happen on their terms.

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?

On the Prowl at the MLP Association’s Annual Investor Conference

By Roger S. Conrad on May. 31, 2017
Over the past 12 months, the difference between the top and bottom performers in the Alerian MLP Infrastructure Index amounted to about 60 percentage points. Capturing this upside requires on-the-ground intelligence, which is why we attend the MLPA Association's annual investor conference every year.

Green Bonds And Utilities

By Roger S. Conrad on Apr. 24, 2017
The growing popularity of green bonds creates opportunities for savvy investors and can help utilities to reduce their cost of capital.

Our First Real Look At Trump’s Energy Policy

By Roger S. Conrad on Feb. 24, 2017
ARPA-E's Energy Innovation Summit, which takes place next week, could give us early insights into President Trump's energy policies.

Pipelines And Politics

By Roger S. Conrad on Jan. 30, 2017
Could Donald Trump's support for the controversial Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines foment local opposition to other energy projects?

10 Trends for Essential-Service Stocks in 2017

By Roger S. Conrad on Dec. 20, 2016
The December 2015 issue of Conrad's Utility Investor emphasized the importance of diversification to generating differentiated returns in 2016. Despite a few laggards, that article's picks outperformed, generating an average total return of 18.6 percent. This year, we opted to highlight 10 trends that should drive outperformance.

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