Dividends are a distribution of profit that the Company paid to its shareholders. Dividends can be issued in cash, shares or other property.
There are several accessible sources to help investors identify dividend stocks. Here are some resources to check out:
1. Financial news sites and applications
You can find a lot of options available online financial news sites and aggregators, which provide travelers data, tools and analysis for investors. Do I need to get a quote on individual stocks to find specific information on current dividend yields, or checking the bucket to see the highest dividends in the industry, you can quickly use these (often) free resources to track the information you are looking for.
For example, websites and apps, like Yahoo Finance, CNBC, the “morning star”, “wall Street Journal”, and the terms are all useful resources for the study of these dividends.
2. Brokerage Accounts
Many of the individual stock brokerage accounts provide online research and information about prices to their customers. Similar to news sites, investors can easily find information on the payment of dividends and payment dates, and other types of intercomparisons and inspection. An additional advantage for users of online accounts provided by the broker, is the ability to link to any current (or past) of the company from the portfolio, dividends taxpayers and create additional customized reports and analyses.
3. Commission United States securities and exchange Commission (sec) information
All publicly-traded companies are required by law a report on form 1099 all dividends they pay to investors during the previous tax year on a quarterly and annual basis. As a result, you can explore these filings on SEC.gov using its Edgar system. You can also quickly research the company’s financial information and operations by reviewing reports on forms 10-K and 10-Q.
4. Specialty providers and paid services
There are a number of dividend-oriented specialized resources available online for further information about dividends.
A few examples:
- Dividend detective Harry Domash, online site that has free and paid subscription content and updates the list of its “800 best dividend stocks”.
- Dividend.com offers a wide range of tools and resources for the stock dividend. They are a calendar of upcoming ex-dividend dates, as well as the screening tools and rating.
- Investment Review value line provides a number of services to help investors choose dividend stocks.
5. Stock Exchanges
Tools and resources are also provided from the stock exchanges themselves so that investors were aware of these dividends for the companies they list. Nasdaq provides dividend calendar, history of the instrument and the roar of the high-yield stocks. Meanwhile, on the new York stock exchange (NYSE) provides a historical database to find ex-dividend dividend for the selected range of dates.
(To learn more about this topic, see the power of dividend growth.)