income plays 2013
Classifying MLPs as "income" stocks is a big mistake. It's a costly one too...especially if it's growth you're after.
Yes, the partnerships toss off tons of cash. The high-net worth folks I work with can achieve, for example, $350,000 in cash payouts from investing $5 million in an MLP yielding 7%.
But they're more like growth stocks in disguise...
Remember, the high income is merely a function of the MLP structure. They're set up in a "pass-through" structure. This means that up to 90% or more of the distributions you receive from an MLP will be considered a return of capital, not income, by the IRS. You don't pay taxes immediately on this portion of the distribution.
But these big cash payouts are driven by growth. A lot of it.