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.

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Declaration Date:
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.

Record Date:
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.

Ex-Dividend 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.

Payable Date:
Date the dividend is paid.


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