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A Boring Stock With Potential

Despite my natural optimism, I find it hard to shake the feeling that financial markets are heading towards a tough time. It is not that there is any big crisis obviously on the horizon, just a series of little things that are causing worry. The Middle East is in its usual unstable state, the Chinese economy is maturing and growth is slowing as a result, the U.S. economy remains stubbornly slow with rate hikes on the horizon should it improve, and then of course there is Greece.

It is most likely that none of these elements will have a profound effect in isolation but the combination of them, or rather the market’s attention to them, seems to have put the brakes on for now. There have been good days for sure, but stocks in particular seem to be sensitive to news, and when traders have this many things to worry about it is easy to find a reason to sell. We are bouncing around the highs, which leaves us with a cap on the upside and some downside risk. It may be time to get a little boring and look for reliable cash flow rather than rapid growth.

That is why I have been looking at infrastructure stocks. Roads, bridges, pipelines, power grids and utilities are generally considered to offer little in the way of growth prospects, but they do fit the bill when it comes to reliable cash flow. In some cases, though, with a judicious use of that cash for acquisitions, pretty good growth can still be achieved in the space. Take Brookfield Infrastructure Partners (BIP)…

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