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Investing Topics: Income Insights

Closed-End Bond Funds: Proceed with Caution

By Roger S. Conrad on Mar. 30, 2014

Closed-end bond funds have pulled back over the past 12 months in anticipation of rising interest rates. Investors eyeing these funds' high yields should proceed with caution.

Buy the Pullback in Dividend-Paying Stocks

By Roger S. Conrad on Mar. 21, 2014

Janet Yellen acknowledged that the Fed might start to raise interest rates six months after phasing out its bond-buying program toward the end of 2014. Take advantage of the selloff in dividend-paying stocks to add high-quality names.

Worried About MLP Tax Risk? Remember Canada

By Roger S. Conrad on Mar. 14, 2014

Mention master limited partnerships and sooner or later someone will bring up taxes. The big worry: A US version of Canada’s infamous Halloween Massacre of 2006, which shaved $24 billion off the value of income trusts in two weeks.

Forget T-Mobile: Telecom Is Still for Spenders

By Roger S. Conrad on Mar. 1, 2014

The massive loss T-Mobile USA (NSDQ: TMUS) reported this week hasn’t slowed the hyperactive tweeting of its CEO John Legere. Nor apparently has the news scared off his groupies on Wall Street, though that may have more to do with continuing takeover speculation.

Keystone XL: Where It Matters

By Roger S. Conrad on Feb. 22, 2014

The uncertainty surrounding the cross-border leg of TransCanada Corp's Keystone XL pipeline hasn't diminished the company's growth prospects. We examine the investment opportunities behind the controversy.

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.

Utility Update: No Boardwalks Here

By Roger S. Conrad on Feb. 14, 2014

Nothing stirs up fear and uncertainty like a distribution cut. And in the energy midstream business, the news doesn’t often get as bad as it did with Boardwalk Pipeline Partners (NYSE: BWP) this week.

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).

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.

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