Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Buying a Stock When Its Ex-Dividend

One of the first questions a newbie investor asks is "When do I get paid my dividend?" The answer isn't as simple as you might think. Dividends aren't simply handed to registered shareholders on the day the dividend is paid.



Instead, companies declare a dividend to be paid on a certain day in the future to stockholders of record on an earlier date. This date is called the record date, or day of record. Once the company issues a record date, an ex-dividend date is usually set for two business days before the record date.


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