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Peter Staas is managing editor of the Capitalist Times and Energy & Income Advisor. He earned a BA from the State University of New York and Binghamton and co-authored a textbook about real estate valuation models that’s used by federal bank examiners. Peter Staas also served as managing editor of Personal Finance, MLP Profits and The Energy Strategist, where he honed his understanding of global energy markets under the tutelage of investing experts Elliott Gue and Roger Conrad.

Articles

Add Some SaaS to Your Portfolio

By Peter Staas on Jul. 25, 2014
Software-as-a-service stocks emerged some of the hottest, momentum-driven names in 2013--and many of these high flyers crashed to earth earlier this year. But investing in these disruptive technologies doesn’t need to have the same effect on your portfolio. Focus on established names and traditional software companies making the jump to subscription-based models to build wealth over the long haul.

Four Takeaways from the Year’s Biggest Acquisition in the Energy Patch

By Peter Staas on Jul. 4, 2014

On June 16, 2014, Williams Companies announced an agreement to acquire Global Infrastructure Partners’ 50 percent general-partner interest and 27 percent equity interest in Access Midstream Partners LP for $5.995 billion. We examine four key takeaways from this deal for MLP investors. 

The Push for US Crude-Oil Exports

By Peter Staas on Jan. 2, 2014

Expect to read and hear more about the push to export domestically produced crude in the new year, especially with independent producers reportedly ramping up their lobbying efforts. 

As we’ve seen in the past, investors who take a measured view of the situation and keep a level head will be best-positioned to profit.

Blue-Chip MLPs’ Outlook for North American Energy Markets

By Peter Staas on Dec. 2, 2013

We look to commentary from the management teams at two of the largest MLPs for insights into the direction of North American commodity prices and emerging opportunities throughout the energy value chain.

Talk of an MLP Bubble is Premature

By Peter Staas on Oct. 14, 2013

Fear-mongering elements within the financial media have raised the specter of a bubble in energy-focused master limited partnerships. We examine the validity of these claims, highlight some of the bigger-picture risks to the MLP party and emphasize the importance of looking beyond distribution yields to the potential risks and rewards embedded in your portfolio.

MLP Takeover Talk

By Peter Staas on Sep. 27, 2013

Over the past decade, the current universe of energy-focused MLPs has closed 689 acquisitions--a total value of $236.9 billion. With $32.2 billion worth of transactions announced thus far in 2013, these roughly 100 publicly traded partnerships appear on pace to match last year’s total.

Investors should expect this boom in mergers and acquisitions to continue. We examine the factors driving this trend and highlight a handful of potential takeover candidates.

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