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Investing Topics: MLPs

Just Passing Through

With 47 fund products offering one-stop exposure to energy-focused master limited partnerships (MLP), it’s safe to say that the market has caught on to the appeal of this security class: high yields and low taxes.

But investors’ desperation to find above-average yields in a low-yield world has bid up the prices of many high-quality MLPs to frothy valuations. Despite the recent rally in stocks, the halting US economic recovery and ongoing concerns about the EU’s still-unresolved sovereign-debt crisis suggest that the market hasn’t suffered its last growth scare.

For investors wondering which MLPs they should buy now, the names on our Focus List offer the best combination of value and potential upside.

Profit by Swimming Upstream

Units of upstream MLPs have traditionally offered a higher yield than their midstream counterparts in part because natural production declines require consistent access to the capital markets to fund growth projects and acquisitions.

With MLPs enjoying a record low cost of capital and high-quality assets available on the cheap, this segment of our coverage universe offers some of the best values and upside to savvy investors.

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