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CTR: A High-Risk, High-Reward Way To Play Midstream Strength


  • ClearBridge MLP and Midstream Total Return Fund is a closed-end fund that invests in energy sector infrastructure companies, including master limited partnerships.
  • The fund manages tax issues on the fund level, making it suitable for inclusion in tax-advantaged accounts.
  • The fund has a yield of 8.73% and has outperformed the Alerian MLP Index over the past three years.
  • The fund has significantly underperformed the index during periods of industry weakness, suggesting that it is a high-risk, high-potential return play.
  • The distribution and valuation are quite reasonable, so the fund might make sense for someone who is comfortable with the risks.
  • This idea was discussed in more depth with members of my private investing community, Energy Profits in Dividends. Learn More »

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ClearBridge MLP and Midstream Total Return Fund Inc. (NYSE:CTR) is a closed-end fund that invests in infrastructure companies that serve the energy sector. As the name of the fund suggests, several of these companies are structured as master limited

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Power Hedge has been covering both traditional and renewable energy since 2010. He targets primarily international companies of all sizes that hold a competitive advantage and pay dividends with strong yields.

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Comments (3)

papaone profile picture
What difference do you find between EMO and this Clearbridge fund?
They appear to track out about the same and both have better results than other funds in the sector. Thanks, you do a great job as an analyst.
Thanks for the article. I wonder how this compares, to what looks like a similar play with KYN. I have had KYN, now north of 9% yield, for over 4 years. I have held despite getting burned during CV19 from high leverage and fees.
@Mawyai I also made this comment because I know you have written about KYN
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