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Utility Investing: Slow and Steady Wins the Race

By Roger S. Conrad on Nov. 1, 2013

The $48 billion leveraged buyout of the former TXU Corp by KKR & Co. LP (NYSE: KKR) and other private-equity outfits set record in 2007. Now, the company's impending bankruptcy underscores the risks of looking for a quick buck in the utility sector.

Big Telecom Scores Again

By Roger S. Conrad on Oct. 25, 2013

We’ve yet to see third quarter results for most of the US communications industry. But it’s not too soon to ask what happened to the assertion the Big Two US Telecoms — AT&T (NYSE: T) and Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) — would be skewered by rivals’ cut rate pricing and a cheaper iPhone.

Burning Questions for Income Seekers

By Roger S. Conrad on Oct. 21, 2013

At its core, the stock market is about people. The numbers offer clues to the odds of company’s success. But as an analyst for nearly 30 years, I’ve found keeping tapped in to the market mood is no less essential.

Your Best US Default Insurance

By Roger S. Conrad on Oct. 11, 2013

Don’t believe everything you hear. The odds are still heavily in favor of enough Democrats and Republicans joining forces to prevent the first bona fide US default since the government operated under the Articles of Confederation.

Utility Talk

By Roger S. Conrad on Oct. 8, 2013

You had questions about utility and telecom stocks, we had answers. 

Buy AT&T, Not Apple

By Roger S. Conrad on Sep. 30, 2013

Forget what you’ve read about iOS7, iPhone 5C, China sales and the rest of the various and sundry device hype. Put your money in AT&T (NYSE: T), not Apple (NSDQ: AAPL).

Electric Utilities: Eyes on Washington

By Roger S. Conrad on Sep. 21, 2013

The Environmental Protection Agency's ongoing crackdown on carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants continues to dominate the headlines. But investors shouldn't overlook the importance of utility-regulator relations at the state and local level.

Kinder Morgan: A Hard Target

By Roger S. Conrad on Sep. 13, 2013

When the research firm Hedgeye came out with a report blasting a long-time favorite of mine—Kinder Morgan Energy Partners (NYSE: KMP)—my first question was what have they seen that I have not to date? Is there something most of us who research this master limited partnership have overlooked, some critical Achilles heel that could in Hedgeye’s words make Kinder and related companies a “house of cards?”

Similarly, I wondered why Hedgeye had chosen to pick on Kinder, rather than a master limited partnership (MLP) with more obvious troubles such as NuStar Energy (NYSE: NS). The latter, for example, has failed to cover its distribution with distributable cash flow (DCF) for several quarters now, even leaving aside its extremely aggressive capital spending.

At-Risk Dividends

By Roger S. Conrad on Sep. 9, 2013

Investors shouldn’t automatically assume that dividend-paying equities are inherently safer than tech stocks or other cyclical fare. When an income-oriented stock cuts or eliminates its dividend, investors not only suffer a diminution of income but also a significant loss of principal during the subsequent selloff. Understanding a company’s underlying business and its growth prospects are essential to separating the winners from the losers.

The Safe Way to Invest in Municipal Bonds

By Roger S. Conrad on Aug. 21, 2013

Detroit's recent bankruptcy serves as a reminder of the potential risks in the municipal-bond market. Here are two strategies to insulate your fixed-income portfolio and build wealth over the long haul.

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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