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Buying shares of stock (whether common stock or preferred stock) just before the ex-dividend date (but after the dividend has been announced) is called buying the dividend because the market price of the stock increases by the amount of the dividend (and no, this increase is not because of government regulations or stock exchange rules or any such thing, it ...


If you buy a preferred stock before the ex-dividend date and you own it on the ex-dividend date then you'll get the dividend. You could own the stock for as little as one day before being entitled to the dividend. With new issues, if it pays a quarterly dividend then the first dividend may be less since the accrual period is less than 3 months.


There's no charge at the maximum tax rate withheld at the source because there was no service rendered. These programs are in place by tax treaty with many countries to allow multiple tax withholding layers when a will allow it. A tax relief fee is charged to defray the cost of having a source country agent file the paperwork necessary when each dividend is ...


It's an accounting thing. The expensive nuclear power stations have their capital value depreciated over time. The usual assumption is that some of the company's income will go to replace the assets, so it's counted as an expense. However, since they won't be building new plants, they can pay a dividend despite not making much of a paper profit. Essentially ...

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