What Is a Dividend?

A dividend is a distribution of a portion of a company’s earnings to a class of shareholders set by the board of directors of the firm. As long as they possess the shares before the ex-dividend date, common shareholders of dividend-paying corporations are usually eligible. Dividends can be received in the form of cash or more shares.
Dividends are payments provided by publicly traded corporations to investors as a thank you for their investment.
Dividend distributions are usually followed by a proportionate gain or drop in the stock price of the firm.

Dividends are a sort of return on the stocks of companies. These are not mandatory for a company to declare every year, but it is considered that a company is in sound financial position, if it is offering dividend. Percentage of dividend can vary from company to company and from year to year depending on the profits/reserve surplus.

  • Dividends are payments made by publicly-listed companies or funds as a reward to investors for putting their money into the venture. They can be paid as cash or in the form of stock

  • Announcements of dividend payouts are generally accompanied by a proportional increase or decrease in a company’s stock price

  • Investors can use models, such as the dividend discount model or Gordon growth model, to find dividend-paying instrument.