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Investing Topics: Master Limited Partnerships

Buying the Selloff: Upbeat on Downstream Operators

Shares of US refiners have languished in recent months, but out outlook for regional crude-oil prices suggests that our two favorites should be in the money once again in 2015. Meanwhile, our favorite airline stock provides a hedge against lower crude-oil prices and has sold off precipitously amid fears that an ebola pandemic will curtail travel. Buy now.

Making Sense of the Marcellus Shale’s Midstream Madness

The stakes are high for the masters of midstream, particularly in the Northeast where surging output of natural gas has overwhelmed local demand and existing takeaway capacity, depressing the prices at Pennsylvania’s Leidy Hub relative to the Henry Hub in Louisiana.

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.

Q2 in Review: Conservative MLP Portfolio

Our Conservative MLP Portfolio has delivered an average total return of 29.2 percent since its inception in mid-November 2013, outperforming the 23.8 percent return generated by the Alerian MLP Index. Here’s our assessment of each holding’s second-quarter results and our updated outlook for their future prospects.

More Thoughts on the Kinder Morgan Mega-Deal and Its Implications

Rather than regarding Kinder Morgan Inc.’s consolidation of its associated limited partnerships as a referendum on the MLP structure or the end of an era, investors should regard this move as a fresh start for the midstream giant–an opportunity to reshape itself to meet the demands of the marketplace and competitive environment.

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