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Income Insights

Sorting Buckeyes From Boardwalks

By Roger S. Conrad on Feb. 14, 2014

One pipeline company rewards investors with a 70 percent total return the year after it restores regular distribution growth. The other’s unit price falls nearly in half after it guts its payout by more than 80 percent.

Squeezing The Yield Shorts

By Roger S. Conrad on Feb. 8, 2014

Not every buy and hold investor has the savvy and steady temperament to be as successful as Warren Buffett. Similarly, not every short seller is insightful and nimble enough to match Jim Chanos’ storied success.

Buy Southern, Not Apple

By Roger S. Conrad on Feb. 1, 2014

Last November, I advised income investors to favor AT&T (NYSE: T) a traditional dividend paying stock, over shares of its iPhone partner Apple Inc (NSDQ: AAPL).

FirstEnergy’s Cut Unlikely To Repeat

By Roger S. Conrad on Jan. 24, 2014

This week, FirstEnergy Corp (NYSE: FE) announced the first electric utility dividend cut for 2014. Fortunately, it’s likely to be the last as well.

The Smarter Bet On Solar

By Roger S. Conrad on Jan. 18, 2014

Count me a “distech” skeptic. So-called disruptive technologies never fail to grab headlines. Those who bet on them, however, usually wind up with empty wallets.

5 Forecasts for Income Investors

By Roger S. Conrad on Jan. 10, 2014

Wall Street’s January ritual is to roll out “new” investment strategies. This year, fund manager Bill Gross has proclaimed the end of a 30-year bull market for bonds. So it’s no great surprise income advisors further down the food chain are pushing investors to adjust portfolios for higher interest rates.

Toasting in 2014 with a Glass more than Half Full

By Roger S. Conrad on Dec. 28, 2013

By any measure, 2013 was a great year to own stocks. It was also an exceptionally bad time to bet against the United States of America. And that remains the case as we open the page on 2014.

 

Bonds: Still A Sellers’ Market

By Roger S. Conrad on Dec. 21, 2013

Ready to lock up money for 54 years at just 3.4 percent annual interest? More than a few investors did this week when their funds bought Enterprise Products Partners’ (NYSE: EPD) 7.034 percent bonds maturing January 15, 2068, a barely investment grade BBB- credit.

Utilities On Sale

By Roger S. Conrad on Dec. 13, 2013

Will the Federal Reserve really “taper” off its easy money policy? The stock market has already reacted, with dividend-paying stocks leading the selling: The Dow Jones Utility Average is now flat for the fourth quarter, after being up better than 5 percent through mid-November.

Pipeline to Profits

By Roger S. Conrad on Dec. 6, 2013

Our favorite Canadian midstream companies–names that own pipelines and processing capacity–generate the majority of their cash flow from fee-based services, a business model that provides a degree of protection against volatile oil and gas prices.

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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 b