Alternatively, investors who want to stick with ETFs but are wary of the C-corporation structure can consider hybrid MLP ETFs, or non-C-corporation MLP ETFs, which have reduced direct MLP holdings to under 25% to meet regulatory rules and hold other energy infrastructure stock through subsidiaries as a way to avoid the double-taxation issue. For example, the Tortoise North American Pipeline Fund (NYSEArca: TPYP) is one such hybrid option.
Specifically, TPYP includes a 20% tilt toward MLPs, 38% MLP affiliates or owners and 42% other pipelines. Sub-sector weights include natural gas pipelines 48%, crude oil pipelines 20%, local gas distribution companies 18%, gather & processing 10% and refined product pipelines 4%.
The pipeline fund also comes with an attractive 4.36% SEC yield.
For more information on master limited partnerships, visit our MLPs category.
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