Energy Trio for a Reliable Income

10/24/2017 5:00 am EST

Focus: ENERGY

Jason Williams

Editor, Energy and Capital

Energy stocks are some of the most reliable income-generating investments ever. So, let’s take a look at a few investments that will pay you income and boost your profits for years to come, asserts Jason Williams, editor of Angel Publishing's Energy & Capital.

Let’s start with a solid (and high-yielding) master limited partnership. Williams Partners L.P. (WPZ) is an energy infrastructure company. It’s got a hand in pretty much every part of the oil and gas life cycle.

It helps producers gather, treat, and compress newly recovered oil and gas. It provides for transportation and processing. It’s even involved in the marketing of final products.

And it pays investors a very nice 6.09% quarterly payment. That’s $2.40 per unit per year. And it’s paid that dividend steadily since it was started in 2005. You’re not going to get blazing rallies in the stock, but you can depend on those payments hitting your bank account every three months, no matter what.


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Next up, let’s go with a dividend grower. It’s a name you’re probably very familiar with: ExxonMobil (XOM). But you might not know that Exxon has one of the longest-running dividend programs in the market. It’s been paying investors steady income for more than a century.

Exxon started paying a dividend back in 1911. And it’s managed to keep those payments going through multiple market collapses including the Great Depression.

The company has also been raising that dividend payment every year for the past 35. Even during the Great Recession and the recent rout in oil prices, XOM kept giving investors raises.

In fact, it’s averaged a 6.4% annual growth rate. That’s just what you want in your energy income portfolio. The stock currently has a 3.74% yield — that works out to $3.08 per share per year.

Finally, I’ve got an investment for those of you who want to have a little skin in as many games as possible. It’ll give you investments in 33 different dividend-paying players in the energy market.

You get exposure to exploration and production companies, midstream transport companies, refiners, even companies that sell to the general public.

And the best part is that you get to collect a dividend yield that’s a combination of all 33 of those payments. The Energy Select SPDR Fund (XLE) pays investors a 5.06% yield that works out to about $3.46 per unit per year. And it’s been paying those quarterly distributions since the fund’s inception back in 1999.

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