Nevertheless, the Alerian MLP Index of 50 energy MLPs gave back 14% in 2011, plus dividends, compared to the S&P 500, which returned 2%.  The yields are paid in the form of a distribution, instead of a dividend.

ALPS Alerian MLP ETF


Tisha Guerrero contributed to this article.

Correction: AMJ is an exchange traded note, not an ETF.