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Why do many British companies offer a scrip dividend option in lieu of cash?

Some stocks like GlaxoSmithKline, HSBC, Tesco, Unilever all offer dividends every quarterly/yearly, with the option of scrip dividend (opting to use the dividend to purchase shares). Why would ...
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Source of income: from dividends vs sale of principal or security

Source: P172, P214, ETF for Dummies, 2nd Ed (2011) by Russell Wild: P172: First, if you need a steady stream of income, nothing is stopping you from creating artificial dividends by selling off ...
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Does a stock really dip in price on the ex-dividend date? And why would it do this?

As per this Investopedia article: Because the stock price is expected to drop by the amount of the dividend on the ex-dividend date, Why is a stock expected to fall on the dividend date? Does ...
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Investing in dividend-yielding stocks with money borrowed from margin account?

I am getting ready to invest some of my savings in a stock brokerage account. The well-known brokerages, e.g. ETrade, Ameritrade, etc, have relatively high margin interest rates for the level I am ...
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Are there any ETFs that follow the “Dogs of the Dow” allocation?

Essentially what it says on the tin. The "Dogs of the Dow" strategy seems to be a fairly popular basic strategy to follow for stock portfolio allocation - are there any ETFs that do this for you?
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Do stock prices drop due to dividends?

From Personal Finance for Dummies, page 209: Dividends Dividends are income paid by investments. Both bond funds and stocks can pay dividends. Bond fund dividends (the interest paid by the ...
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How to account for foreign taxes paid on dividends?

For purposes of filing Form 1116 (Foreign Tax Credit), I have to correlate foreign taxes paid to the amount of dividends paid by foreign stocks. Is this something I can request from my brokerage, or ...
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What are dividends, when are they paid, and how do they affect my position?

New to investing... Some stocks pay dividends but I'm not sure how they might affect my portfolio or in which measure this is important when evaluating a stock. I also don't know how to figure out if ...
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Importance of dividend yield when evaluating a stock?

Why is the dividend yield (Dividend divided by market price) of a stock a valuable parameter to consider when evaluating a stock? By looking at it, what can one infer about the stock? edit: Thanks ...
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Selling dividend securities in after-market hours: Who gets the dividend?

Consider this scenario: During normal market hours, you buy a security 1 day before the ex dividend date. You sell this security in after market trading that same day. Who gets the dividend, you or ...
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Using P/E Ratio of an ETF to decide on asset mix

I am a conservative investor with an asset mix of around 50% bonds/cash and 50% stock via large index ETFs. Recently I've been thinking about settling down on a non-emotional way to decide whether ...
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How do I know if a dividend stock is “safe” and not a “dividend yield trap”?

e.g. (NYSE:CIM) or (NYSE:AEE) both have high yields, but what are warning signs that these might be dividend yield traps?
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High dividend stocks

Is it a good investment strategy to go long on "boring" companies (AT&T for example) and keep them around just because of their dividends or would it be better to trade more frequently companies ...
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Which US market indexes (Dow/DJIA, S&P500, NASDAQ) include reinvested dividends?

Which major US market indexes (Dow/DJIA, S&P 500, NASDAQ) include returns from reinvested dividends, and which don't? Where can "total return" information be found for each index that doesn't ...
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What to do with small dividends in brokerage account?

I just got paid some dividends from an ETF that I own. It is only $4, which is sitting as cash in my brokerage account. I'm aware that this is a very tiny amount of money in the grand scheme of ...
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Why does a company pay dividends at all?

If a company can lower the dividends and even stop paying them at all during hard times, why would they re-install them at all? If I understand correctly a company pays dividends so that investors ...
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Is it better for a public company to increase its dividends, or institute a share buyback?

When a company is profitable and generating substantial positive cash flow, is it better from the company's perspective to have a dividend increase, or institute a share repurchasing program? From an ...
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How exactly do dividend reinvestment plans (DRIPs) work?

And where can I find out what companies offer them? Are there good resources for information on these plans?