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  • One Small Pipeline Company Beating Larger Rivals

    By Robert Zimmerman - August 2, 2013 | Tickers: EPD, GEL, PAA

    They say good things come in small packages. Regarding US oil pipeline companies, this could very well be true. While large midstream companies like Enterprise Products Partners (NYSE: EPD) and Plains All American Pipeline (NYSE: PAA) returned great results to their investors, a relatively small company has beaten both in terms of capital gains and distribution growth.

    To be sure, Enterprise and Plains boast attractive returns. According to the chart more »

  • Three MLPs for a Safe Retirement Portfolio

    By siraj sarwar - June 22, 2013 | Tickers: BBEP, EPD, PAA

    The energy sector has not been immune to the economy’s downturn, but it still has areas of growth that show considerable promise. In this sector, there are still plenty of opportunities for investment and income. In this piece, I pick a few promising MLPs from the energy sector. These MLPs offer regularly increasing distributions. These are Enterprise Products Partners (NYSE: EPD), BreitBurn Energy Partners (NASDAQ: BBEP) and Plains All more »

  • Better Metrics for Evaluating MLP Distributions

    By Karin Hernandez - June 21, 2013 | Tickers: EPD, PAA, SXL

    Even with the recent uptick in long-term bond prices, yields are still puny, and income investors are hard-pressed to find quality companies that are even keeping up with the rate of inflation, let alone generating income above that level.

    The S&P 500 has generated a dividend yield of around 2% over the last decade, and it doesn’t look like that will be increasing any time soon.

    However, it more »

  • The 4% Withdrawal Rule Versus Required Minimum Distributions, Part Two

    By Karin Hernandez - June 13, 2013 | Tickers: EPD, PAA, SXL

    Please be sure to read Part One before you read this part. In it, I discuss the very real possibility that a retiree, if his money is invested in a tax-deferred account such as a traditional IRA  or a 401(k), may be forced to withdraw more from his account than the recommended 4%.

     So you find yourself in the somewhat enviable position of being required to withdraw more annually more »

  • 3 Interesting Oil and Gas Companies

    By Shweta Dubey - June 3, 2013 | Tickers: EPD, KMI, PAA

    Miller/Howard Investments is among the most famous financial investment advisers in the U.S. with $4.27 billion in assets under management. The firm's investment strategy includes investing in companies which are likely to grow by means of expanding their business, resulting in high dividends for investors. Moreover, it also believes in investing in Master limited partnerships that are traded on the stock exchange and are financially strong more »

  • Do You Want These 3 “Superior” MLPs for Your Dividend Portfolio?

    By Karin Hernandez - May 23, 2013 | Tickers: CQP, EPD, PAA

    Today, I’m examining the three MLPs (Master Limited Partnerships) that were listed in a recent article on The author, Jeff Reeves, likes these three for what he calls their “triple threat” of high yield, good share appreciation, and stability as a company.

    An MLP is great for an income portfolio because it pays out a large part of its income as distributions to its partners, i.e more »

  • 5 Dividend All Stars Going Ex-Dividend in May

    By Karin Hernandez - April 30, 2013 | Tickers: CMS, NU, PAA, SJR, WEC

    I’ve been analyzing and writing about dividend companies for nearly a year, looking to build what I believe is the Perfect Dividend Portfolio. I developed a complete ratings system, through which I assign scores to a company based on seven separate criteria I have chosen to represent superior dividend-paying potential, as well as possible gains in share price. I've written nearly a hundred articles, and I've examined more »

  • Looking to CAPS for MLPs

    By Ash Anderson - April 22, 2013 | Tickers: EPD, KMP, PAA

    Ever heard of Master Limited Partnerships (MLPs)? They’re limited partnerships that we can all jump in on as they’re traded on regular securities markets. MLPs are not subject to income tax as the limited partners (stock holders) have to foot the bill. In order to be able to do this MLPs have to pass on a large amount of their earnings to holders.

    What We’re Looking For more »

  • Fight Back Against High Gas Prices With These Three Energy Stocks

    By Bob Ciura - April 17, 2013 | Tickers: CVX, EPD, PAA

    Unfortunately, there isn’t much anyone can do to control the price of oil. The volatile swings of the free market mean that consumers are susceptible to sudden spikes in the price of the commodity that plays a huge role in our lives. While oil has declined recently to under $90 per barrel, there’s no telling when the next uptrend will occur. As a result, there’s little anyone more »

  • Fight Back Against High Gas Prices With These Three Energy Stocks

    By Bob Ciura - April 16, 2013 | Tickers: CVX, EPD, PAA

    Unfortunately, there isn’t much anyone can do to control the price of oil. The volatile swings of the free market mean that consumers are susceptible to sudden spikes in the price of the commodity that plays a huge role in our lives. While oil has declined recently to under $90 per barrel, there’s no telling when the next uptrend will occur. As a result, there’s little anyone more »

  • Finding Yield in a Yield Free World: Midstream MLP’s

    By Peter Pham - March 31, 2013 | Tickers: AMLP, BWP, CMLP, PAA

    Master limited partnerships (MLPs), particularly those related to the midstream oil and gas sector, have become a popular form of investment vehicle due to their distinctive structure, relatively high yield in a near-zero interest rate environment and unique tax benefits. However, some investors avoid MLPs due to their complex tax filing needs and instead prefer investing in exchange traded funds (ETFs) that are comprised of MLPs. This option has its more »

  • Get to Know This High-Yield MLP

    By Bob Ciura - March 15, 2013 | Tickers: BPL, ETP, PAA

    It’s tough out there for income investors. The Dow Jones Industrial Average recently broke its record high and continues to climb. Making matters more difficult, interest rates are at historic lows. This combination of the Federal Reserve’s monetary policy and rising equity markets means that suitable yields are hard to come by for dividend hunters. Thankfully, Master Limited Partnerships provide hefty dividend yields during both bull and bear more »

  • Chesapeake Continues Shedding its Debt Skin

    By Peter Pham - January 7, 2013 | Tickers: ACMP, CHK, CVX, PAA, WMB

    The second largest American natural gas producer Chesapeake Energy (NYSE: CHK) is still in the process of disposing of assets, which has its finances stretched to the limit.  Chesapeake’s debt to equity ratio of 105.8% and current ratio of 0.56 reveal a company whose financial position is still extremely delicate – and that’s putting it delicately for a company short on cash and laboring under a $16 more »

  • Will Asset Sales Drive This Energy Giant Higher in 2013?

    By Jordo Bivona - January 3, 2013 | Tickers: CHK, DVN, EOG, XOM, PAA

    Plains All American (NYSE: PAA) recently announced that it will acquire Chesapeake's (NYSE: CHK) crude oil and condensate gathering assets in the Eagle Ford shale; the acquired assets comprise throughput capacity of 50,000 barrels per day and 450,000 barrels of storage capacity in a deal worth $125 million.

    Chesapeake announced that it planned to sell approximately $12 billion in assets throughout 2012 in order to meet a more »

  • Financial Lessons From the Third World

    By Robert Zimmerman - January 1, 2013 | Tickers: BP, CHK, EPD, XOM, MCD, PAA

    The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab at MIT (yes, that MIT in Cambridge, Mass.) published a book “Poor Economics.”  A must read for anyone concerned about world poverty.  I found this book unique as it examined various poverty interventions in a scientific way:  researchers formulated ideas, tried the ideas in the real world with controls, measured results objectively and interviewed participants regarding their responses.

    One interesting discovery was in more »

  • Yet another LP

    By Reuben Brewer - December 26, 2012 | Tickers: CHK, NRGY, OKS, PSX, PAA

    Companies often tout unlocking shareholder value when they announce spin offs and similar corporate actions. While there are different views on the ultimate benefit of such corporate moves, Phillips66's (NYSE: PSX) recently announced plan to spin off some of its midstream assets into a limited partnership (LP) certainly follows an industry trend. Is the company unlocking value for shareholders or just trying to cash in on a craze?

  • Building My Dividend Portfolio - Enterprise Products Partners

    By Karin Hernandez - December 24, 2012 | Tickers: EPD, KMP, PAA

    This is part three of a ten-part series, which I will be publishing every week until the entire portfolio has been introduced. You can see Part One, where I discussed my first addition, Abbott Laboratories, and Part Two, where I discussed PartnerRe Limited.

    I have been analyzing dividend companies for about six months. Now I am constructing a model portfolio of my own that I am presenting to the Motley more »

  • Buy This Eagle Ford Player, Ride It Higher In 2013

    By Maxwell Fisher - December 20, 2012 | Tickers: APC, BHP, MRO, PAA

    Recently, Goldman Sachs upgraded Marathon Oil (NYSE: MRO) to a "Buy", citing the company’s impressive growth and favorable production. The main reason why Goldman Sachs differentiated Marathon from other domestic oil companies is because it operates in the Eagle Ford and Bakken shales, which are very profitable regions. Marathon has set aside more than one-third of its $5.2 billion capital budget for its South Texas operations. This means more »

  • Social Security Is in Trouble - Protect Your Retirement

    By Robert Zimmerman - December 10, 2012 | Tickers: BP, EPD, MAIN, PAA

    Warning: Reading the 2012 Social Security annual report will likely unsettle your stomach.

    Social Security’s expenditures exceeded non-interest income in 2010 and 2011.”

    “The projected 75-year actuarial deficit for the combined Old-Age and Survivors Insurance and Disability Insurance (OASDI) Trust Funds is 2.67 percent of taxable payroll, up from 2.22 percent projected in last year's report.”

    “However, the Disability Insurance (DI) program satisfies neither the long-range more »

  • No Bankruptcy in Retirement, I Hope

    By Robert Zimmerman - December 3, 2012 | Tickers: AINV, EPB, PAA, PSEC

    After celebrating my birthday recently, a certain reality hit home: I have to start thinking more seriously about my retirement.  Reading the executive summary for Social Security reveals I’m looking at a 16% cut in my benefits.  Social Security cuts may be off the table during “fiscal cliff” negotiations,  but one thing is clear: I’m not going to do as well as my father when it comes to more »

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