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Round Table: Our Take on Q3 Earnings So Far

Are you concerned by the large number of energy company dividend cuts we seem to be seeing this earnings season? – Roger Conrad: Let’s get one thing straight right up front. There’s no such thing as a “good” dividend cut. When a company reduces its payout, investors lose income and share prices typically fall to reflect the lower amount. That’s why we want to avoid stocks at risk of dividend cuts and it’s the reason we have an Endangered Dividends List.

Roundtable: Energy and the Stock Market

Roger Conrad: A month ago, we talked about the super majors as really a breed apart in the energy business, particularly for anything to do with long-term business resiliency. A lot of that has to do with balance sheets.

I mean there are plenty of sovereign governments that can’t match the Aaa credit rating ExxonMobil (NYSE: XOM) draws from Moody’s.

The Outlook for Gas

Since the end of 2011, the average weekly closing price for front-month US natural gas futures is roughly $3.15/MMBtu, in-line with the current price of $3.12/MMBtu. In the short term, US gas storage levels are at the lowest levels in 15 years, supply growth is constrained and demand remains robust. That could lead to a spike in NYMEX gas futures to $4/MMBtu or higher this winter.

Roundtable: Our Views On Super Majors

Talking Point #1: What’s your general view of the super major oils at this time?

• Roger Conrad (RC): I became a shareholder of Chevron Corp (NYSE: CVX) when it acquired the former Texaco, which I believe was actually the first stock I ever bought. I was fresh out of business school and made an investment in Texaco’s dividend reinvestment plan, and I’m happy to report that I literally make more in dividends every year than my original investment.

Model Portfolios: Simplifying our Strategy

Starting in September, we’re taking a giant step to simplify our Energy and Income Advisor Portfolio strategy.

Our 3 Model Portfolios are divided into “Conservative” and “Aggressive” Holdings. The Conservative stocks are intended to be bedrock positions, where our objective is long-term capital appreciation and in most cases a rising stream of income. The Aggressive stocks carry more risk but also more upside potential and often very high yields to reward your wait.

Roundtable: Our Views on Q2 Earnings, Picking Permian Basin Targets, MLP Corporate Conversion, 2018 Political Risks and More

Talking Point #1: The Permian Basin of West Texas and New Mexico

– Roger Conrad (RC): Elliott, a lot has happened in the energy sector since the Roundtable discussion you and I had following MLP & Energy Infrastructure Conference. But the most striking development to me is how, despite what seems to be an endless legion of skeptics, the action in the Permian Basin just keeps heating up.

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

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