I believe that is the purpose of these message boards -- to help educate some of us who may not have the time to do due diligence on every industry and every stock that one can be interested in. There are some message boards that function this way and some posters who are very knowledgeable. Some are helpful is spreading what they've learned from other boards.
Last year's selloff provided a great, albeit fiscally painful, lesson on the risks to many equities. Many of these MLP have had great runs off of the March lows, but they still offer better than their normal historical yields. I'm still worried that if nat gas prices fall to $2 as EVEP management predicted on the conference call, that the perception of that decline will have an adverse effect on the stock prices of the companies in this space, but that could provide a better buying opportunity. It's a tricky cunundrum, wanting to take advantage of a great yield, but not wanting to buy when risks might be high.
This is a very rough approximation, but I view MLP's as a volatile bond alternative. What I want is for them to maintain the distribution. I do not care much about price appreciation, but I do hope that I can keep my capital invested across a number of MLP's even. No capital loss. If you take this approach and hold these stock for years and years, the compounding will be significant. Just one attitude and approach.
I am pretty new to investing, and agree with your view on mlp investment. i was attracted to the distributions, and would like to add shares with them, and on dips. over time it should add up to a nice nest egg. Not a big time ivestor, and still learning, so thanks to all for sharing their knowledge on the board. i have to use a common sense approach, as I have no experience trading before June 2009. Enjoying it very much so far too. thanks