Dividend

A dividend is the part of a company’s profits that are distributed to shareholders. They are usually given as cash (cash dividend), but can also be given in the forms of stock (stock dividend).

High-growth companies seldom offer dividends, because they are more concerned with reinvesting profits in the business. This is so they can maintain above average growth.

However, as companies mature they will often offer dividends to shareholders to sustain investors’ interest by means other than mere capital appreciation.

Dividend payments also send out a message that the company is financially stable and on the right track as dividends are a good sign of the company’s financial health.

• See Tim Bennett’s video tutorial: How to pick income winners: What are dividends?

MoneyWeek magazine

Latest issue:

Magazine cover
The hunt for water

The most valuable commodity

The UK's best-selling financial magazine. Take a FREE trial today.
Claim 4 FREE Issues

Bill Bonner: hold on to your cash, the real financial crisis is yet to come

Merryn Somerset Webb talks to Bill Bonner about economic cycles, and the 'catastrophic credit crisis' that will make 2008 look like a picnic.


Which investment platform?

When it comes to buying shares and funds, there are several investment platforms and brokers to choose from. They all offer various fee structures to suit individual investing habits.
Find out which one is best for you.


4 March 1890: The Forth Bridge is opened


The Prince of Wales, later Edward VII, opened the longest bridge in the world – the Forth Bridge, nine miles west of Edinburgh, on this day in 1890.