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Investing Topics: General Partners

MLP Portfolio in Review

Here are our updated takes on our MLP Portfolio holdings, based on their first-quarter results and our discussions with their management teams at the National Association for Publicly Traded Partnerships’ recent investor conference.

Key Takeaways from the NAPTP’s MLP Investor Conference

We attended the National Association of Publicly Traded Partnerships’ MLP Investor Conference and lived to tell the tale. Here are some of our key takeaways from the most important event of the year for MLP 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.

Midstream Madness

Midstream names have regained a good chunk of their losses over the past few days, but investors still have questions about the extent to which the recent retrenchment in crude-oil prices will affect their growth prospects. We highlight our favorites.

Q2 in Review: Aggressive MLP Portfolio

Our Aggressive MLP Portfolio has delivered a total return that’s on par with the Alerian MLP Index, as the big gains posted by our turnaround picks have been offset by higher-yielding fare that has lagged the market.

Enterprise Products Partners LP: Great Company, Not a Great Stock

Enterprise Products Partners LP boasts one of the strongest balance sheets and growth prospects in the MLP universe. However, a frothy valuation means that investors should stand aside and wait for a pullback before adding to or establishing a position in the name.

Memorial Resource Development Corp: Half a General Partner

Besides its exploration and production operations, Memorial Resource Development Corp also owns a 50 percent interest in Memorial Production Partners LP’s incentive distribution rights, a management fee that a MLP pays to its general partner.

06/18/14: Three Portfolio Holdings (WMB, WPZ and ACMP) Walk into a Deal

Model Portfolio holding Williams Companies (NYSE: WMB) on June 16 announced an agreement to acquire Global Infrastructure Partners’ 50 percent general-partner interest and 27 percent equity interest in MLP Portfolio holding Access Midstream Partners LP (NYSE: ACMP) for $5.995 billion. At the same time, a second transaction was proposed: the merger of Williams Partners LP (NYSE: WPZ) and Access Midstream Partners.

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