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MLP & Energy Outlook: Opportunity Amid A More Stable Price Backdrop

More stable oil prices should continue to support a favorable outlook for midstream energy assets.

The sharp decline in oil prices during 2014 and 2015 raised questions concerning the long-term outlook for North American energy assets. But as John Devir and Bek Ahmedov discuss in the following Q&A, the energy revolution in the U.S. remains very much intact – and PIMCO’s MLP & Energy Infrastructure Strategy can provide an attractive way to gain exposure to it.

Q: What is PIMCO’s MLP & Energy Infrastructure Strategy?

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The Author

John M. Devir

Portfolio Manager and Head of Americas Credit Research

Berdibek Ahmedov

Product Strategist, Global and Real Return

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All investments contain risk and may lose value. Investing in MLPs involves risks that differ from equities, including limited control and limited rights to vote on matters affecting the partnership. MLPs are a partnership organised in the US and are subject to certain tax risks. Conflicts of interest may arise amongst common unit holders, subordinated unit holders and the general partner or managing member. MLPs may be affected by macro-economic and other factors affecting the stock market in general, expectations of interest rates, investor sentiment towards MLPs or the energy sector, changes in a particular issuer’s financial condition, or unfavorable or unanticipated poor performance of a particular issuer. MLP cash distributions are not guaranteed and depend on each partnership’s ability to generate adequate cash flow. Equities may decline in value due to both real and perceived general market, economic and industry conditions. Investing in the bond market is subject to risks, including market, interest rate, issuer, credit, inflation risk, and liquidity risk. The value of most bonds and bond strategies are impacted by changes in interest rates. Bonds and bond strategies with longer durations tend to be more sensitive and volatile than those with shorter durations; bond prices generally fall as interest rates rise, and the current low interest rate environment increases this risk. Current reductions in bond counterparty capacity may contribute to decreased market liquidity and increased price volatility. Bond investments may be worth more or less than the original cost when redeemed. High yield, lower-rated securities involve greater risk than higher-rated securities; portfolios that invest in them may be subject to greater levels of credit and liquidity risk than portfolios that do not. Diversification does not ensure against loss.

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