Each month we publish ex-dividend dates for stocks that yield 3% or more in the upcoming month. We have an infographic below that explains the ins and outs of ex-dividend dates as well as a calendar representing each month’s lists.
Date that the company’s board of directors announces that the company will pay a dividend. The ex-dividend date, record date and pay date are all included in the announcement.
Date that the company looks at its records to see who the shareholders are. This date generally occurs two business days after the ex-dividend date. If you owned the stock the day before the ex-dividend date you should be listed as a [private_Premium]shareholder[/private_Premium] on the record date.
Date that the stock trades without its dividend. You must own the stock the day before the ex-dividend date to qualify to receive the dividend. You can sell the stock after the market opens on the ex-date and still get the dividend.
Date the dividend is paid.