Over the past few days your timeline was probably flooded with beautiful screenshots of dividend notifications 🤑 You may also have seen #DividendStockvel and/or #DividendWatch2021

Cc @keletsovionah @lati_____

What is a dividend? Is it free money?

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A dividend is a share of the profits paid by a company to its shareholders. A company can choose to pay dividends monthly, quarterly, twice a year or annually. South African dividend paying stocks often pay dividends twice a year (an interim and a final dividend).
Many US dividend paying stocks pay dividends quarterly. ETFs usually pay dividends quarterly or twice a year although some US ETFs pay monthly and others annually. Just remember that dividends are not guaranteed…
if a company or ETF issuer has been paying dividends for 12 years there is no assurance that they will continue to pay dividends for another 12 years.

By paying a dividend a company foregoes the opportunity of reinvesting that money in its research and development.
Therefore it’s a fallacy to claim that a dividend is free money.

1 - You needed to own the said stock or ETF by the last trading day to qualify for a dividend.
2 - It’s money that the company could have invested differently in the business but chose to forego that opportunity and rather distribute a portion of the profits to shareholders as dividends.
That said there are many companies that have earned the title of Dividend Aristocrat or Dividend King. A Dividend Aristocrat is a company that has increased their dividends for at least 25 consecutive years 🤩 and is part of the S&P 500, examples are $ABBV, $CAT and $T
A Dividend King is a company that has increased their dividends for at least 50 consecutive years 👑 examples are $KO, $PG and $JNJ

Not all Dividend Kings are Dividend Aristocrats, a Dividend King does not need to be in the S&P 500 while a Dividend Arisocrat must be.
The dividend yield (DY) which is expressed as a percentage, refers to the annual dividend. The DY = annual value of the dividend per share / current share price. Let’s say the Current share price of Pinky’s Pink Water Bottles is R45 per share and the annual dividend is R1.20…
then the DY will be 2.6% (R1.20/R45). If Pink Water Bottles pays dividends quarterly, the DY remains 2.6% and the annual dividend remains R1.20 however the R1.20 will be divided by 4 therefore each quarter the shareholders (you and I) will receive R0.30 per share before tax.
The dividend amount is always pre-tax, as a shareholder you need to subtract the tax in order to determine the Rand amount that will land in your bank account or investment account. The South African dividend withholding tax for residents is 20%.
South African residents pay a 15% dividend withholding tax on US dividends, this may differ for non-South African residents who invest through a South African brokerage, please double check the tax treaty for your country.
Some benefits of dividend paying stocks is that even during recessions they’ve been resilient and continued to pay dividends. Dividend Aristocrats and Kings have continued to increase their dividends through the worst economic times.
Between 1980 and 2019, 75% of the S&P 500 returns came from dividends 🤯 This shows the power of reinvesting the dividends in order to allow compounding to work for you. This means that investors realised higher returns than would have been the case without dividends.
Dividends are often a good indicator or a company’s financial position, a cash strapped company cannot pay dividends. Dividends are a form of real returns on your investments without you having to sell your shares to realise a profit.
There are many great and free or low-cost resources that you can use to check when a stock or ETF is paying dividends or to check the dividend history of a stock or ETF.

South African resources I use:

sharedata.co.za
US resources I use:

dividendinformation.com
A friendly reminder that you should not invest only for the dividend (or special dividend 👿), you should still do your due diligence and research the stock or ETF thoroughly. Thabang’s thread will help you get started with DYOR (doing your own research):
Please keep sharing your dividend screenshots and use #DividendStockvel and #DividendWatch2021 we all need the motivation and encouragement 🤩

@lati_____ @keletsovionah and I want to celebrate with everyone who shares their dividend notifications so keep them coming 🥳🥳

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