Q. What is a dividend?
A dividend is a distribution of a company’s earnings, a divvying up. Say you own shares of Coca-Cola, and Coca-Cola makes some profit. If those shares pay dividends (not all do), you get a certain amount of the profit the company distributes to its shareholders. That amount is determined by how many shares you have.…
Q. Can I earn dividends from my Stash account?
Yes! Depending on your choice of investments, you may receive dividends. Your dividends are automatically received as cash and go into your free cash balance. View your dividends on the “History” screen under processed transactions. We will email you when you receive dividends.
Q. How often do I earn dividends?
Dividends are distributed depending on the schedules of each individual fund. Please visit the individual investment websites to see the dividends distribution schedule. These can normally be found by clicking on Distributions in any of the fund websites.
Q. What is dividend yield?
A dividend is a payment made to a company’s shareholders, usually a divvying up of a company’s earnings. Say ‘Company X’ makes some profit. And say you own shares of ‘Company X’. If those shares pay dividends, you may get a certain amount of the profit of the company. Cha-ching! The dividend yield is that…
Q. Do ETFs pay dividends?
It depends on the ETF! Some ETFs definitely do pay dividends. And just like companies decide when to pay dividends to investors, managers of ETFs decide when or if an ETF will pay dividends. Usually ETFs pay dividends depending on whether the companies within the fund are also paying dividends and if the prospectus (aka…
Q. Are dividends paid quarterly?
Usually, but not necessarily. Some publicly traded companies pay quarterly dividends because they are required by law to report a draft of their financial statements every quarter, including how much money they want to distribute to their shareholders. However, the timing of dividend payments depends on the wishes of the board of directors—so ultimately the…
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