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Energy Income in a Yield-Starved World

By Coulter Regal, CFA
Associate Product Manager

Income investors have become accustomed to expanding their search for yield beyond traditional fixed income securities for more than a decade. Many have looked to alternative strategies, such as preferred securities or business development companies, to inject much desired income and diversification into their portfolios. However, one additional area that should not be overlooked lies within the North American energy complex.

Tap Into Yield with Energy Infrastructure

The North American midstream energy segment, often referred to as energy infrastructure, plays a vital role in connecting upstream energy production with local and global demand. Energy infrastructure companies provide the critical services of transporting, processing and storing of hydrocarbons as well as facilitating exports. Downstream users, both commercial and residential, rely on this infrastructure on a daily basis to help supply their energy demands.

Energy Infrastructure companies typically do not own any hydrocarbons themselves and instead operate fee-based business models where revenue is generated for each unit of oil or natural gas that is transported, stored or processed. This fee-based model, as well as the necessity of the services provided, helps provide stable cash flows to support attractive dividends. Energy infrastructure also offers greater income than many other yield-oriented investments such as bonds, utilities and Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs).

Energy Infrastructure Yield vs. Traditional Fixed Income

Energy Infrastructure Yield vs. Traditional Fixed Income

Energy Infrastructure Yield vs. Traditional Fixed Income

Source: FactSet. Data as of 10/31/2021. Yield figures for Energy Infrastructure, Utilities, REITs, and U.S. Stocks calculated as dividend yield. Yield Figures for U.S. High Yield Bonds, U.S. Investment Grade Bonds, and 10 Year Treasury Bonds calculated as yield to worst. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Index performance is not illustrative of fund performance. For fund performance current to the most recent month-end, visit vaneck.com. See definitions and important disclosures at bottom of page.

Comprehensive Access to North American Energy Infrastructure

Direct investment in energy infrastructure, including MLPs (master limited partnerships), has historically been a complex matter. However, with the VanEck Energy Income ETF (EINC), investors can gain comprehensive exposure to North American energy infrastructure companies without K-1 tax reporting, fund-level taxation, leverage or debt counterparty risk.

EINC seeks to replicate as closely as possible, before fees and expenses, the price and yield performance of the MVIS® North America Energy Infrastructure Index, which is intended to track the overall performance of North American companies involved in the midstream energy segment. This includes MLPs and corporations involved in oil and gas storage and transportation.

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Originally published by VanEck on November 19, 2021.

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Definitions: Energy Infrastructure: The MVIS® North America Energy Infrastructure Index is a rules-based index intended to track the overall performance of the North American energy infrastructure segment. U.S. High Yield Bonds: Barclays Capital US High Yield Very Liquid Index is a more liquid version of the Barclays Capital US Corporate High-Yield Index that measures the market of USD-denominated, non-investment grade, fixed-rate, taxable corporate bonds. REITs: FTSE NAREIT Equity REITs Index is a broad-based, free-float adjusted market capitalization weighted index consisting of equity real estate investment trusts. Utilities: S&P® 500 Utilities Index, consists of widely held utility common stocks of the S&P® 500 Index. U.S. Investment Grade Bonds: Barclays Capital US Aggregate Bond Index is a broad-based benchmark that measures the investment grade, U.S. dollar-denominated, fixed-rate taxable bond market. U.S. 10-Year Treasury Bonds: ICE BofAML Current 10-Year US Treasury Index is a one-security index comprised of the most recently issued 10-year U.S. Treasury bond. U.S. Stocks: The S&P® 500 Index consists of 500 widely held common stocks covering industrial, utility, financial and transportation sector. Dividend Yield is the annual percentage of return earned by an investor on a common or preferred stock. The yield is calculated by dividing the amount of the Dividends Per Share by the current Market Price Per Share of the stock. Yield to Worst is a measure of the lowest possible yield that can be received on a bond that fully operates within the terms of its contract without defaulting.

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