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Investing Topics: Conservative Income

Three Keys for Successful Investing in the New Year

By Roger S. Conrad on Jan. 3, 2015
Our Model Portfolios in Conrad's Utility Investor outperformed in 2014. Here are the three keys we'll focus on in 2015 to keep the momentum going.

Best in Class

By Roger S. Conrad on Dec. 7, 2014
Taking advantage of selloffs to scoop up best-in-class names is a time-tested tactic for scoring outsized investment gains. In the midstream space, few master limited partnerships offer as compelling a combination of value and superior business performance as the newest member of our Conservative Income Portfolio..

Standing at the Top

By Roger S. Conrad on Nov. 7, 2014
For the better part of two decades, governments have sought to promote competition in the telecommunication sector. Ironically, the more regulators have strived in this direction, the more dominant the industry leaders have become. This Canadian telecom has invested heavily in its network, and is a major player in content with a big chunk of the country's wireless spectrum.

The Third-Quarter Earnings Train Keeps Rolling

By Roger S. Conrad on Nov. 4, 2014
Third-quarter earnings season is in full swing. We analyze the latest batch of results from the holdings in our Model Portfolios.

Pembina Pipeline Corp: A Buy Once Again

By Roger S. Conrad on Oct. 4, 2014
Former income trust Pembina Pipeline Corp (TSX: PPL, NYSE: PBA) has generated a total return of more than 3,000 percent since October 1998. And it has ample opportunity to grow its cash flow in years to come.

AmeriGas Partners LP: Value in Propane Distribution

By Roger S. Conrad on Sep. 13, 2014
Historically, propane distributors’ profits have been challenged by unpredictable weather, volatile wholesale prices, competition from natural gas and an extremely dispersed customer base. In the past, these obstacles translated into erratic returns for shareholders. The industry’s solution: Increased scale through consolidation. Propane distributors—mostly master limited partnerships (MLP)—continue to consolidate, expanding their geographic reach and improving their purchasing power. These efforts have resulted in steadier sales and boosted margins.

08/11/14: Our Take on the Kinder Morgan Mega-Deal

By Roger S. Conrad on Aug. 11, 2014

Last night, Kinder Morgan Inc. announced a series of transactions to acquire all outstanding equity interests in Kinder Morgan Energy Partners LP, Kinder Morgan Management LLC and El Paso Pipeline Partners LP. Here's our take.

Dominion Resources: Buy the Dip

By Roger S. Conrad on Aug. 9, 2014

Earlier this summer, momentum chasers bid the stock price up to an all-time high, but now's the time to invest in this exceptionally solid electric utility and pipeline owner at a favorable price.

A Rare Value in the Utility Sector

By Roger S. Conrad on Jul. 9, 2014

Rarely will you find a sector’s top-quality stocks on sale more than five years into a bull market. But that’s the case with this new Conservative Income Portfolio holding. Record demand has enabled this utility to grow its first-quarter earnings by 19.7 percent year over year.

From Laggard to Leader

By Roger S. Conrad on Jun. 6, 2014

Hedgeye and Barron's called Kinder Morgan Energy Partners LP and its general partner, Kinder Morgan Inc. a "house of cards."  Richard Kinder, the partnership's Chairman and CEO, responded, "I'll buy, you sell and we'll see who's right."  Since then, this diversified owner of fee-based midstream assets has beaten its own first-quarter guidance, turning the market and burning the critics.



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