MLP & Pipeline Fund (NASDAQ: TORTX)


The Tortoise MLP & Pipeline Fund focuses on the large and diverse North American pipeline universe. The fund invests primarily in MLP and pipeline companies that own and operate a network of asset systems that transport, store, distribute, gather and/or process crude oil, refined petroleum products (including biodiesel and ethanol), natural gas or natural gas liquids.

The fund is designed to provide:

  • Access to the sizable pipeline network of one of the world's largest consumers of energy
  • Efficient tax flow-through structure
  • One 1099 (no K-1s)
  • No unrelated business taxable income (UBTI)
  • IRA and tax-exempt suitability

Fund Details As of 2/28/2019

Total assets $4,198.4 million
Investment objective Total return
Fiscal year end November 30
Structure Regulated investment company (RIC)

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TORTX Details

As of 03/22/2019

Investor Class

  • NAV
  • $ 13.13
  • $ Chg
  • $ -0.22
  • Objective
  • Total return
  • Ticker
  • 56166Y305
  • Minimum investment
  • $2,500
  • Redemption fee
  • None
  • Max front-end sales load1
  • 5.75%
  • Max deferred sales load 2
  • None
  1. You may qualify for sales charge discounts if you invest at least $50,000.
  2. No front-end sales charge is payable on Investor Class investments of $1 million or more, although the fund may impose a Contingent Deferred Sales Charge ("CDSC") of 1% on certain redemptions made within 12 months of purchase.