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Conservative Income Feature

ONE Gas and ONEOK: Dividing to Conquer

By Roger S. Conrad on Jan. 10, 2014

Oklahoma Natural Gas Company has provided regulated gas distribution service to Tulsa, Oklahoma since 1906. Today, successor company ONEOK (NYSE: OKE) serves 2.1 million customers as the largest gas utility in Kansas and Oklahoma, and third biggest in Texas.

One-Stop Utility Bond Shop

By Roger S. Conrad on Dec. 3, 2013

Since World War II, no regulated utility has ever failed to make its bondholders whole from disaster. That gives utility bonds a level of safety no other sector can match, particularly after 11 years of systematically cutting debt and operating risk.

Utility bonds’ years of being under-rated may be coming to an end, now that Moody’s is considering a sector-wide upgrade. But for now, they’re under-priced and therefore yield more than debt of equivalent real risk.

SCANA Corp: Capex Is Good

By Roger S. Conrad on Nov. 1, 2013

Capital spending plus regulatory support equals rising earnings, dividends and share prices: That’s the formula for superior total returns in utility stocks. And it’s what new Conservative Income Portfolio recommendation SCANA Corp (NYSE: SCG) is locked in to deliver at least to the end of the decade.

Returning to Growth

By Roger S. Conrad on Oct. 1, 2013

Distribution growth shapes returns for master limited partnerships (MLPs).

Southern Company

By Roger S. Conrad on Aug. 30, 2013

Southern Company (NYSE: SO) currently sits near a new 52-week low. The reason: A combination of investor worries about rising interest rates and concern about its substantial capital spending program.

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