Is there a required report that companies must submit to share upcoming dividend payments? I looked on sec.gov, but couldn't find documents relating to what I'm looking for. I found this PDF that suggests it should be filed, I'm just unsure of what I'm actually looking for, I guess.

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Public companies must abide by SEC rules of fairness and equity in dividend announcements. SEC requires public companies to announce material information publicly in a way that no one can take advantage by trading on non-public information at the expense of other market participants.

Dividends are published in a press release by the company to all investors through the company's website and to the SEC through SEC website in form 8-k. Dividend announcement usually happens at the same time and in the same press release of the company's earnings.

Form 8-k is not exclusive to dividend announcements. Company's file form 8-k to communicate material information to regulators and investors

You can search for all US companies forms on https://www.sec.gov/edgar/searchedgar/companysearch.html

  • Thank you. I'm surprised that there's not a single form that is required to publish this information. Commented Feb 6, 2017 at 0:27
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    @GlenSolsberry Companies tend to do the minimum work necessary to comply with regulations, and those regulations are written by lawmakers who tend to have interests in companies. Commented Feb 6, 2017 at 15:03

According to this, companies will send out a financial report to investors announcing dividend payouts.

  • I don't see on there where it states that. Can you help me, since I'm struggling today? Commented Feb 3, 2017 at 19:29
  • The last sentence under "Date of Record (or Record Date)"
    – Michael
    Commented Feb 3, 2017 at 19:35

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