Questions tagged [dividends]

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Why do people buy stocks that pay no dividend?

Before recently, Apple Inc. did not give dividend to shareholders. This makes me curious why people buy Apple Inc. stocks; while it might be due to the expectation of selling stocks at a higher price,...
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If a stock doesn't pay dividends, then why is the stock worth anything?

I read somewhere that companies are not required to pay dividends to shareholders (this is correct, yes?). If so, then if company A never pays dividends to its shareholders, then what is the point ...
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Question about ex-dividend date timing

For example, if the ex-dividend date is next Monday, and I buy the stock on next Monday, would I get the dividend? Or would the person who sold the stock to me get the dividend?
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How does end-of-year interact with mutual fund prices (if it does)?

Should I expect prices of mutual fund shares to go up in anticipation of dividends, down after dividends have paid out ... or just trust that the market has already reacted to that and the price is ...
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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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Why is it rational to pay out a dividend?

Imagine a mature company, which has stable earnings and made a profit this year. The company is planing to pay out a part of this earnings to its shareholders. Assuming the stock price goes down ...
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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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What prevents investors from buying high yield stocks and selling them as soon as their dividend is paid out?

What prevents investors from buying high yield stocks and selling them as soon as their dividend is paid out? I guess I am confused: If you know the yield and when the dividend will be paid out, why ...
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Determining the minimum dividend that should be paid from my S corporation

I am the sole shareholder and only employee of an S corporation. I understand that all profits of the corporation are passed through and taxed as income to me. I also understand that all dividends ...
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Why do stock prices rise when dividends increase?

It seems like stock prices rise when dividends increase unexpectedly [possible citation needed]. This doesn't seem intuitive to me, because if you think of stock as a claim of ownership on a company, ...
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Please explain the relationship between dividend amount, stock price, and option value?

I consider myself a reasonably knowledgeable investor, but today was blown away by the fact that I didn't know that a stock's price is decreased by the amount of its dividend. To use a concrete ...
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Can I get a dividend “free lunch” by buying a stock just before the ex-dividend date and selling it immediately after? [duplicate]

Many companies pays dividend to stock owners. Example: IBM pays dividend to registered stock owners. Owning the stock on dd:mm:yyyy hh:mm:ss will entitle you to dividend. Question: Is it possible ...
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How does Yahoo finance adjust stock data for splits and dividends?

When a data provider like Yahoo finance says that the closing price is adjusted for splits and dividends, what does that mean? A split will increase/ decrease the price by the split ratio, and a ...
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If stock price drops by the amount of dividend paid, what is the use of a dividend

I have heard that some people buy stocks based on how much dividend they pay, because dividend is considered 'income'. But if I buy a stock for 100$ and it pays a $1 dividend, the stock would also ...
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Why is a stock that pays a dividend preferrable to one that doesn't?

I understand that a dividend is a way for a company to return money to shareholders. But I'm not quite understanding why it is preferable to capital appreciation and putting the money to work ...
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How dividend payout happens

Intel Corporation's board of directors has declared a quarterly dividend of 22.5 cents per share (90 cents per share on an annual basis) on the company's common stock. The dividend will be payable on ...
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How are various types of income taxed differently in the USA?

From Dilip's reply when you make a withdrawal from your Traditional IRA, no matter which of your various IRA accounts you take the money from, part of the money is deemed to be taken from the ...
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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 it ...
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Ex-dividend date: How long do I have to hold a stock in order to get the next dividend?

I want to be a stockholder on record for a dividend. So lets assume I bought stock before the ex dividend date. Can I immediately sell the stock after the ex-dividend date to collect the dividend, or ...
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Are there capital gains taxes or dividend taxes if I invest in the U.S. stock market from outside of the country?

Recently, I invested in some stock in the U.S. stock market. I was wondering: Whether there are capital gains taxes if I sell stock? Do they take account into my foreign exchange loss? Are there any ...
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How does dividend work in an index fund?

What does a manager do with the dividends of the companies in the index? Does he reinvest the dividends in the company in which he got the dividends or will just choose whichever company suits him? ...
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Should I buy stocks of my current employer because of its high dividend yield?

I have some cash in the bank I am ready to invest. My company has been profitable since 20 years and provides a generous dividend of roughly 8% per year. So I though buying some stocks could be a ...
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Why is a stock dividend considered a dividend? What makes it different from a stock split?

I've been reading Principles of Corporate Finance by Brealey, Myers and Allen, but unfortunately they did not cover stock dividends. From what I understand, by paying a dividend, a company can ...
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Are Morning Star Ratings really that important?

I'm trying to aid a family member in making some investment decisions. I've placed most of my money in Vanguard mutual funds and they have done pretty well. My family member has a "financial advisor" ...
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Contracter with day job - limited company dividends

I currently have a 'day job' as a web designer. I am considering taking on some freelance work which I have been offered and this would be completed in evening/weekends whilst also retaining my day ...
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What is the dividend tax rate for UK stock

I had purchased some UK stocks from London Stock Exchange. May I know, what is the dividend tax rate by UK government for UK stocks, on foreign investor (I am from Malaysia)?
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What does “a stock pays a dividend of 3%” mean?

Does it mean the company pays 3% of the total earnings to the stock holders? So if I have a stock that has 1$ EPS I would receive 3 cents?
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Dividends - Why the push to reinvest?

I recently received an email from my brokerage (UK based) stating: "Research from Barclays shows that without dividends, £100 invested in the UK stock market since 1899 would have grown into just £...
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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?

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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Why would a company issue a scrip dividend and how will this issue affect me?

Barclays in the UK have sent out a leaflet recently (online version) saying they are moving to a Scrip Dividend programme. The FAQ does its best to answer questions but still uses a lot of jargon and ...
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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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Being tax efficient with dividend stocks

I've been considering selling off more of my (growth) stocks and placing the capital in dividend stocks. However, I realize Uncle Sam will tax me on any dividends I earn throughout the year. Is ...
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How does the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) divisor change to account for dividends?

The DJIA is a price-weighted index tracking of 30 companies chosen by the Dow Jones Company. It takes the current share price of these 30 stocks and divides by a specific number called the divisor. ...
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Dividends and tax withholding for ETF vs Mutual Fund for U.S. Non-Resident Alien?

I'm a non-US resident alien, considering to invest in either commission-free ETFs and Mutual Funds offered by TD Ameritrade. According to The American Jobs Creation Act of 2004, certain type of ...
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How to determine duration of a common stock whose dividends grow in perpetuity?

What is the duration of a common stock whose dividends are expected to grow at a constant rate in perpetuity? Specifically, how can I compute this, since the dividends will grow forever? Update: Ok, ...
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How splits and dividends affect option prices

When a stock goes through a split or offers a dividend, do the option prices automatically change? If yes, how? A 2 for 1 split will automatically halve the option price? A dividend of 1$ will ...
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Is it possible that for shares to be reinvested in a stock you already sold?

I just recently set my taxable investment account from reinvest dividends to deposit in cash. However, there seems to be a delay (I assume related to one of the various dates associated with dividends)...
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How inflation affects returns and dividends

How inflation is linked to returns AND dividends? We know that adj returns are (1+return)/(1+inflation) -1 But how do we account for dividends? Suppose: 10% annual return 3% inflation 4% dividend ...
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Dividend arbitrage using in the money puts

I was looking at dividend arbitrage It seems all I need to do is find stocks with a nice dividend(e.g KO). Then find an in the money put where the time premium is less than the dividend to be paid. ...
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What would a stock be worth if dividends did not exist? [duplicate]

Let's say dividends don't exist, and will NEVER do, for all companies in the world. What would stocks then be worth? The stock could be valued according to the book value. Maybe more if the company ...
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I'm 18. How to build good monthly income at my 20's?

I have 18 years , from a middle high class from Brazil. Finishing the high school this year, debt free with plans of studying and living overseas in the next years. I have access to about 20k dollars ...