Master limited partnerships


Learn about the intricacies & risks of MLPs

During times of low interest rates, investors sometimes consider nontraditional strategies to generate income. Enter the master limited partnership (MLP). This complex investment vehicle offers potentially high levels of income distribution, but involves inherent risks that are important to understand. Due to its complicated structure, investors may find themselves subject to burdensome tax obligations. Also, MLPs tend to be more volatile than traditional investments and are subject to unique regulatory risks. However, as a small part (usually less than 5%) of a broadly diversified portfolio, MLPs may warrant a closer look.
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Energy limited partnership funds

Energy limited partnership funds invest a significant amount of their portfolio in energy master limited partnerships (MLPs). These include, but are not limited to, limited partnerships specializing in midstream operations in the oil and natural gas industries.

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