Dividend Dates: A Beginner's Guide

Everything you need to know about ex-dividend dates, dividend announcements and other parts of the dividend calendar.

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Dividend stocks are an important piece of any diversified income portfolio. But actually collecting the dividend checks (or more commonly, having the dividend hit your brokerage account) requires a little knowledge of how the process works – and that includes knowing things like ex-dividend dates, dividend pay dates and other important dividend dates.

"We love dividend stocks," says Chase Robertson, Managing Partner of Houston-based RIA Robertson Wealth Management. "But misreading the dividend calendar can really throw a wrench in your income planning.

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Charles Lewis Sizemore, CFA
Contributing Writer, Kiplinger.com

Charles Lewis Sizemore, CFA is the Chief Investment Officer of Sizemore Capital Management LLC, a registered investment advisor based in Dallas, Texas, where he specializes in dividend-focused portfolios and in building alternative allocations with minimal correlation to the stock market.