UBS Launches MLP ETN | ETF Trends

UBS launched a master limited partnership exchange traded note (ETN) last week. The new fund is tied to a Wells Fargo index.

The UBS AG Exchange Trade Access Securities (NYSEArca: MLPW) is linked to the Wells Fargo MLP Index, according to the New York Stock Exchange IPO site.

UBS set the expense rate on the note at 0.85% to match that of a number of its competitors. Olivier Ludwig for Index Universe explains that many MLP products shoot off dividends of more than 6%, making them quite attractive at a time when interest rates are almost nothing and U.S. stocks remain somewhat volatile. [The First MLP ETF Is Here.]

Ludwig describes MLPs as being similar to tollbooths for commodities – they collect fees for transporting those products, but are mostly exempt from the effects of changing prices in those commodities. [Risks and Rewards of MLP ETFs.]

According to Morningstar, some of the benefits of owning an MLP include:

  • High yield
  • Consistent distributions
  • Capital gains – that is, firms often switch to an MLP to avoid taxes; owners are taxed only once, and that’s on distributions

The new ETN is the latest addition in a growing line of MLP products, including Alerian MLP ETF  (NYSEArca: AMLP), the first ETF aimed at the industry.

  • Credit Suisse Cushing 30 MLP Index (NYSEArca: MLPN)
  • UBS E-TRACS 2x Long Alerian MLP Infrastructure ETN (NYSEArca: MLPL)

Tisha Guerrero contributed to this article.

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