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Old Jul 11, 2009, 6:49pm   #1
 
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Question about Dividends

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I start wondering about the dividends. Could any one give me a brake down how this works, where and how I can get some information.

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Old Jul 13, 2009, 12:36pm   #2
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You're going to have to be a bit more specific. Otherwise the answer is going to end up being something like "Some companies pay regular dividends to their shareholders, some pay dividends sometimes, and others don't pay them at all."
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Old Jul 13, 2009, 9:13pm   #3
 
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dariusuk started this thread i know some don't pay tham at all. But i would like to know reliable source of information. And what kind account i have to use to buy a dividends.

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Old Jul 14, 2009, 12:25pm   #4
 
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you cannot buy a dividend. if you hold a stock that pays the dividends, you'll get paid.

here a list a next coming dividens
Earnings.com: Event Calendar - Highlights

ex. buy today caterpillar and on jul 16 you'll get $0.42 per share
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Old Jul 14, 2009, 12:43pm   #5
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i know some don't pay tham at all. But i would like to know reliable source of information. And what kind account i have to use to buy a dividends.

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Any standard stock brokerage account will do. So will a company dividend reinvestment plan (DRIP). Buy the stock and so long as you own it you will receive any dividends paid.
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Old Jul 14, 2009, 1:52pm   #6
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I found this Shareworld - Dividend Timetable might help
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Old Jul 15, 2009, 1:32am   #7
 
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Companies will declare dates called "ex-dividend dates". If you want to receive the dividend you have to purchase and be holding before the ex dividend date. So if Wally-world announces it's ex-div date is May 28th, you'd have to buy before May 28th to get the dividend. Simple.
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Old Jul 15, 2009, 7:55am   #8
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Companies will declare dates called "ex-dividend dates". If you want to receive the dividend you have to purchase and be holding before the ex dividend date. So if Wally-world announces it's ex-div date is May 28th, you'd have to buy before May 28th to get the dividend. Simple.
I think you will find it is the stock exchange that sets the Ex date.
Also, don't forget you can sell 'Special Cum dividend' after it goes Ex (but before it is paid). Presumably you can buy 'spec. cum' as well.
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