NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Investors seeking smoother returns from the volatile energy market may want to try the natural gas pipelines held in the Tortoise MLP Fund (NTG), says Jeff Fulmer, senior adviser to the fund.The $1.4 billion closed-end fund, which has recently been trading at a 1% premium to its net asset value (NAV), has seen its price rise 5% this year. The NAV of the fund has fallen 4.6% over the same period. The Tortoise MLP fund operates with a 24% leverage rate to generate an annual distribution rate of 6.4%. As of the end of April, the fund's largest holdings were Energy Transfer Partners LP (ETP - Get Report) and Williams Partners LP (WPZ).
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