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Investing Topics: Regulation

Water Mergers Heat Up a Cold Utility Market

By Roger S. Conrad on Mar. 16, 2018
California-based water utility SJW Group (NYSE: SJW) is on the verge of becoming EverSource’s largest regional rival, launching an all-stock offer for Connecticut Water Service (NSDQ: CTWS).

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.

Trumponomics: Six Observations for Income investors

By Roger S. Conrad on Mar. 10, 2018
Whether you support or oppose President Trump’s economic policies, they’re undeniably bold. Already we’ve seen unprecedented fiscal stimulus for an economic expansion this long-lived, the rollback of years of business regulation and the biggest push for trade protections since Smoot-Hawley.

How Low Will Utility Stocks Go?

By Roger S. Conrad on Feb. 3, 2018
We examine the drivers behind the recent pullback in utility stocks and the potential for more downside.

Utilities and Trump: So Far So Good

By Roger S. Conrad on Jan. 15, 2018
Utility stocks have lagged in the new year, but developments on the policy front largely have played out in the sector's favor.

EEI Conference Preview: Electricity Markets and the War for Coal

By Roger S. Conrad on Oct. 17, 2017
The Trump administration has clearly gone all-in on turning the supposed war on coal into a war for coal, but the outcome will depend on electric utilities and power companies. We'll focus on the risks and opportunities associated with government intervention when we attend the Edison Electric Institute's financial conference in November.

Rumble Down Under: The Battle over AGL Energy’s Liddell Power Plant

By Roger S. Conrad on Oct. 12, 2017
Rising electricity and natural-gas prices in Australia have padded AGL Energy's bottom line and contributed to tensions surrounding the company's long-standing plan to close the Liddell coal-fired power plant in 2022.

Politics vs Economics: Wholesale Changes?

By Roger S. Conrad on Oct. 8, 2017
The Trump administration has pushed several policies that could shake up domestic electricity markets. Of these initiatives, the Dept of Energy’s proposed subsidies for merchant coal-fired power plants and nuclear reactors would radically change the existing market dynamics. We evaluate the investment risks and opportunities created by these shifts.

Key Takeaways from First-Quarter Earnings

By Roger S. Conrad on May. 14, 2017
Earnings season provides a deluge of information about specific companies as well as early insight into industry-level trends.

Our First Real Look At Trump’s Energy Policy

By Roger S. Conrad on Feb. 24, 2017
ARPA-E's Energy Innovation Summit, which takes place next week, could give us early insights into President Trump's energy policies.

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