MLPs

Master limited partnership-related exchange traded products surged Thursday after data revealed a slightly lower-than-expected rise in crude oil inventories and optimism over increased dividends and buybacks from Kinder Morgan (NYSE: KMI). On Thursday, the JPMorgan Alerian MLP Index ETN (NYSEArca: AMJ) and Alerian MLP ETF (NYSEArca: AMLP), the two largest MLP-related ETPs in the space, […]

Income-minded investors may be jumping on master limited partnerships and related exchange traded funds as the recent selling pressure opens an attractive entry point. Among the top performing ETFs on Friday, the Yorkville High Income MLP ETF (NYSEArca: YMLP) increased 4.0%, Direxion Zacks MLP High Income Shares (NYSEArca: ZMLP) gained 3.3%, JPMorgan Alerian MLP Index […]

U.S. equities and stock exchange traded funds experienced a wild ride this year, but with everything said and done, the markets are closing out 2015 pretty much where they started. The Dow Jones Industrial Average dipped 1.5% over 2015. Meanwhile, the Nasdaq Composite increased 6.5% and the S&P 500 was flat. The top performing non-leveraged […]

Commodities have been down in the dumps this year as a strengthening U.S. dollar and slowing global economy weigh on demand. Consequently, exchange traded products linked to the raw materials have been among the worst performers of 2015. For instance, a natural gas-related exchange traded note and exchange traded fund are at the bottom of […]

Instead of taking direct exposure in the oil commodity on hopes of a rebound in prices, some investors may be turning to indirect investments, like exchange traded funds that track oil-producing countries and energy companies. Traders may try to ride a rebound in energy prices through West Texas Intermediate crude oil futures and commodity-related ETF, […]

Master limited partnerships and sector-related exchange traded products surged Tuesday as traders jumped on an oversold segment of the market after months of declines on falling energy prices. MLPs were among the the best performing exchange traded funds and exchange traded notes on Tuesday, with the RBC Yorkville MLP Distribution Growth Leaders Liquid Index ETN […]

Investors seeking greater income generation may turn to a number of alternative investments and exchange traded funds that can provide attractive yields. For instance, investors who want to add a little more dividend into their mix can consider master limited partnerships, or MLPs. To qualify as an MLP, the companies pass through at least 90% […]

Short-term volatility in the energy markets may have weighed on master limited partnerships and related exchange traded funds, but the recent pullback may have left a cheap entry point for potential long-term investors. “When energy prices are volatile, master limited partnership returns may follow commodity trends in the short run,” writes Brian Hahn, managing director […]

Master limited partnerships and related exchange traded funds have surged back this month and are hovering around their short-term trend lines as investors revisit the battered yield-generating asset. However, there are still headwinds that could keep the sector pressured. Since the September 29 low, both the JPMorgan Alerian MLP Index ETN (NYSEArca: AMJ) and Alerian […]

Master limited partnership-related exchange traded products are making a swift rebound as rising crude oil prices helped lift the energy infrastructure space and speculation that the Federal Reserve will hold off rates attracted yield-hungry investors. Since the September 29 low, both the JPMorgan Alerian MLP Index ETN (NYSEArca: AMJ) and Alerian MLP ETF (NYSEArca: AMLP) […]

U.S. equities and stock exchange traded funds regained their footing Wednesday, ending a tumultuous month on a positive note. Over September, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 1.5%, the Nasdaq Composite dropped 1.1% and the S&P 500 retreated 2.5%. The best performing non-leveraged exchange traded products over the past month include the ETFS Physical Palladium […]

High-yield dividend stocks and related exchange traded funds have been underperforming the market on speculation of higher interest rates, but without an immediate Federal Reserve rate hike, the income-generating assets could shine. According Barclays analysts led by Jonathan Glionna, utilities, master limited partnerships and real estate investment trusts deserve a second look as the markets […]

As the Federal Reserve contemplates hiking its interest rates, some investors should think about shifting their portfolio positions, especially exchange traded funds that track master limited partnerships. In a recent note entitled, “from feast to famine,” Bank of America Merrill Lynch Chief Investment Strategist Michael Hartnett pointed to MLPs as the most vulnerable to rising […]

ETF spotlight on the Alerian Energy Infrastructure ETF (NYSEArca: ENFR), part of an ongoing series. Assets: $16.95 million Objective: The Alerian Energy Infrastructure ETF tries to reflect the performance of the Alerian Energy Infrastructure Index, which is comprised of 30 core North American energy infrastructure companies engaged in the transportation, storage and processing of energy […]

Master limited partnerships have garnered a strong following among income investors. However, when investing in a MLP-related exchange traded product, investors should understand the difference between an exchange traded fund and an exchange traded note as the two investment vehicles are not the same. The main difference between MLP ETFs and MLP ETNs is the […]

As workers hang up their hats and plan for their golden years, retirees are browsing through exchange traded funds to meet their income needs, and there are a lot of yield-producing options to choose from. For instance, there are over 500 ETFs that offer better yields than 10-year U.S. Treasuries, and investors can breakdown the […]

Investors who have been relying on high-yield assets to generate some extra cash should lean toward master limited partnerships and related exchange traded funds in a rising rate environment. Mark Litzerman, co-head of Real Asset Strategy at Wells Fargo, pointed out that MLPs outperform other high-yield assets like real estate investment trusts and utilities in […]

Master limited partnerships and related exchange traded funds have been pressured along with other energy plays as oil prices fell. However, many may have misconceived notions about how the investments work. For instance, the JPMorgan Alerian MLP Index ETN (NYSEArca: AMJ) has declined 7.3% and the Alerian MLP ETF (NYSEArca: AMLP) fell 4.0% over the […]

Many are dumping portfolio losers for tax purposes before the year closes out. While the added selling may pressure the pummeled assets even further over the short-term, investors may pick up underperforming assets and related exchange traded funds on the cheap. For instance, a plunge in oil prices and weakness in the energy sector have […]

Many investors have turned to master limited partnership exchange traded funds in search of yields and exposure to a burgeoning U.S. energy industry. However, there are some special considerations when browsing through MLP ETFs. “The average investor doesn’t understand how the structure can affect their performance” with MLPs, Eric Bright, a senior vice president at […]

Master Limited Partnership exchange traded funds rebounded Tuesday after a two-day plunge on a broad sell-off in energy-related assets in response to the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries’ decision to keep supply flowing. The JPMorgan Alerian MLP Index ETN (NYSEArca: AMJ) rose 3.0% and the Alerian MLP ETF (NYSEArca: AMLP) gained 2.0% Tuesday. Year-to-date, AMJ […]

Even as oil prices decline, master limited partnerships and related exchange traded funds will continue to benefit from the rising production from U.S. oil drillers. The ALPS Alerian MLP ETF (NYSEArca: AMLP) and JPMorgan Alerian MLP Index ETN (NYSEArca: AMJ) are the two largest MLP-related exchange traded products on the market, and both track the […]

Institutions have been slowly building up their inflation hedges and the average investor can also shield themselves against the negative effects of inflation through exchange traded funds that track real assets. Institutional-class investors, including multibillion-dollar pensions, endowments and foundaments, have been slowly and quietly hoarding real assets as an inflation hedge in response to the […]

After experiencing a precipitous fall off during the recent selling, master limited partnerships and related exchange traded products jumped Wednesday on Bank of America (NYSE: BAC) analysts’ upgrades for several midstream energy MLPs and bargain purchases. The JPMorgan Alerian MLP Index ETN (NYSEArca: AMJ), an exchange traded note that tracks the Alerian MLP Index, rose […]

With competitive high yields and exposure to an expanding energy industry, master limited partnership exchange traded funds are an attractive option for investors seeking to diversify their investment portfolios. On the recent webcast, Discover MLPs: Investing in America’s Energy Renaissance, Manish Jain, fixed-income portfolio manager at Zacks Investment Management, explains that MLPs provide investors with […]

Master limited partnership exchange traded funds have been outperforming the broader markets as investors seek exposure to the booming U.S. energy industry and attractive income generation. On the upcoming webcast, Discover MLPs: Investing in America’s Energy Renaissance, John Vaughan, senior V.P. and portfolio strategist at Direxion Investments, Corey Hoffstein, CIO and portfolio manager at Newfound […]

Citigroup has launched its third exchange traded note under its C-Tracks suite, providing access to a factor-based index that reinvests income generated from a group of high yield dividend payers. According to a press release, the C-Tracks ETN Miller/Howard Strategic Dividend Reinvestor (NYSEArca: DIVC) began trading September 16. DIVC tries to reflect the performance of […]

Master limited partnerships and related exchange traded funds have provided impressive capital appreciation, along with attractive yields, in a long-term portfolio. According to First Trust Portfolios, the Alerian MLP Index has generated a cumulative total return of 1,231.8%, or an average annualized return of 19.4%, from Dec. 31, 1999 through July 31, 2014. In comparison, […]

For those who want to capture the oil boom in North America but are still wary about geopolitical risks and volatility in commodity prices, master limited partnership exchange traded funds can provide a more stable alternative. CNBC’s Mad Money Jim Cramer argues that companies like Magellan Midstream Partners (NYSE: MMP) are a better way to […]

ETF Spotlight on the Direxion Zacks MLP High Income Shares (NYSEArca: ZMLP), part of an ongoing series. Assets: $20.7 million Objective: The Direxion Zacks MLP High Income Shares fund tries to reflect the performance of the Zacks MLP Index, which is comprised of 25 Master Limited Partnerships and weighted on a rules- or factor-based methodology, […]