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Roger S. Conrad needs no introduction to individual and professional investors, many of whom have profited from his decades of experience uncovering the best dividend-paying stocks for accumulating sustainable wealth.

Roger built his reputation with Utility Forecaster, a publication he founded more than 20 years ago that The Hulbert Financial Digest routinely ranked as one of the best investment newsletters. He’s also a sought-after expert on master limited partnerships (MLP) and former Canadian royalty trusts.

In April 2013, Roger reunited with his long-time friend and colleague, Elliott Gue, becoming co-editor of Energy & Income Advisor, a semimonthly online newsletter that’s dedicated to uncovering the most profitable opportunities in the energy sector.

Although the masthead may have changed, readers can count on Roger to deliver the same high-quality analysis and rational assessment of the best dividend-paying utilities, MLPs and dividend-paying Canadian energy names.

Articles

Hunting Big Yields in the Energy Patch — Part 2

Remember when energy prices collapsed in late 2008 and early 2009? Investors who heeded our call to load up on our favorite master limited partnerships (MLP) and other energy stocks during this epic dip made out like bandits.

This time it’s different. Whereas frenzied drilling activity in unconventional oil and gas plays drove huge upside for savvy investors over the subsequent years, the shale revolution has dramatically increased spare production capacity.

Instead of betting on a return to the old normal, investors should position their portfolios for the new normal, a period of overcapacity in the services industry and increasing competition between basins and producers for market share. The winners will boast low production costs and solid balance sheets.

Instead of buying the dip indiscriminately, focus on the names in our conservative portfolio, especially the stocks with a heart next to them–those are our best buys in today’s market.

In this issue, we finish our survey of the highest-yielding MLPs and uncover a gem or two amid the rubble.

Hunting Big Yields in the Energy Patch

With roughly two dozen MLPs (excluding upstream names) offering yields of more than 8 percent, the frequency with which readers asks us about these stocks has increased.

In High-Yield MLPs: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, we dig into about half these names—we’ll cover the rest in the second February issue—highlighting the ones worth buying and the ones you should sell. Note that a Hold rating means that investors shouldn’t allocate new capital to the name in question. We will continue to monitor Hold-rated names for signs of further deterioration.

We also dig into the tanker market (see Tanker Talk), once a happy hunting ground for investors seeking big yields that eventually turned sour.

The last bull market for oil tankers stretched from the early 2000s to 2007, fueled by insufficient capacity in the global fleet after the phase-out of single-hull vessels and rapidly growing oil demand and China and other emerging markets.

However, overzealous ordering of new capacity, coupled with the onset of the Great Recession, saddled the tanker market with a severe supply overhang that depressed day-rates below the break-even rates for many shipowners.

For the first time in eight years, the supply-demand balance has tightened to the point that this long-neglected space could offer significant near-term upside for aggressive investors.

High-Yield MLPs: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly — Part 1

With more than two dozen non-upstream MLPs yielding more than 8 percent, many investors who followed our leading during the bloodbath of 2008-09 wonder whether they should buy the dip. We kick the tires on half these high yielders to determine which ones to buy, hold and sell. Remember that our favorite MLPs appear in our Model Portfolios.

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  • Portfolios & Ratings

    • Model Portfolios

      Balanced portfolios of energy stocks for aggressive and conservative investors.

    • Coverage Universe

      Our take on more than 50 energy-related equities, from upstream to downstream and everything in between.

    • MLP Ratings

      Our assessment of every energy-related master limited partnership.

    • International Coverage Universe

      Roger Conrad’s coverage of more than 70 dividend-paying energy names.

    Experts

    • Roger S. Conrad

      Founder and Chief Analyst: Capitalist Times and Energy & Income Advisor

    • Elliott H. Gue

      Founder and Chief Analyst: Capitalist Times and Energy & Income Advisor

    • Peter Staas

      Managing Editor: Capitalist Times and Energy & Income Advisor