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Investing Topics: Master Limited Partnerships

03/16/18: Master Limited Partnerships and the Wrath of FERC

By Roger S. Conrad on Mar. 16, 2018
The Alerian MLP Index has shed 16 percent of its value since Jan. 29, more than wiping out the gains over the prior month and a half. This selling has pulled this basket of 40 prominent master limited partnerships (MLP) to its lowest point in more than two years. Yesterday’s sharp selloff stemmed from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) ruling that MLPs can no longer recover an income tax allowance on regulated interstate pipelines that operate under cost-of-service agreements.

Danger: Falling Dividends

By Roger S. Conrad on Mar. 5, 2018
Two names on our Endangered Dividends List cut their payouts.

A Trip to the Big-Yield Store

By Roger S. Conrad on Mar. 5, 2018
Like a moth to a flame, income-seeking investors often gravitate toward the biggest yields; all too many end up getting burned.

Dodging Dividend Cuts

By Roger S. Conrad on Feb. 24, 2018
Sweet yields can bring sour consequences down the line in an unforgiving market.

Yieldcos Reboot

By Roger S. Conrad on Feb. 9, 2018
US yieldcos have been around as an asset class for slightly less than five years. To date, the investment track record is a mixed bag. But the group is now getting a reboot that promises to match robust capital gains to already lofty yields.

Falling Dividends and Failing Companies

By Roger S. Conrad on Dec. 10, 2017
What’s worse for a company’s shareholders than a dividend cut? Well, two names on our Endangered Dividends List face the very real threat of insolvency.

Three Cuts

By Roger S. Conrad on Nov. 14, 2017
Three members of the Endangered Dividends List have cut their payouts since the October 2017 issue.

11/06/17: Moving Day

By Roger S. Conrad on Nov. 6, 2017
This midstream operator's third-quarter results surprised to the upside, but bigger-picture trends in the MLP space have prompted us to relocate this name to the Aggressive Income Portfolio.

Thoughts on Third-Quarter Earnings

By Roger S. Conrad on Oct. 28, 2017
Third-quarter earnings season is in full swing, bringing some upside and downside surprises for our Model Portfolio holdings.

MODEL PORTFOLIOS & RATINGS

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