Tortoise in Barron’s

No Algiers OPEC Oil Freeze Likely, MLP Investor Says

By Dimitra DeFotis
As the world’s largest oil producers meet in Algeria, U.S. oil prices moved higher despite little hope that cash-strapped nations can agree to cap or freeze output.
That’s the view of Brian Kessens, a portfolio manager at Tortoise Capital Advisors, whose funds invest in U.S. energy infrastructure including master limited partnerships or MLPs. Kessens is part of the team that manages the Tortoise MLP & Pipeline Investor fund (TORTX), a mutual fund with $2.4 billion. The U.S. crude price, which jumped 2.5% Monday to $45.58 Monday, drives the domestically-oriented fund, but so do global geopolitics and their impact on global supply and demand.
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