Dividend, GeneralA distribution of earnings paid to investors by a company or fund.
Growth CompanyCompanies that show higher than average gains in earnings which they generally do not distribute as dividends.
Blue ChipA company which has a long record of earnings growth and dividend payments as well as a reputation for quality management.
Stocks which are considered to be more stable than average and provide a dependable return through dividends even in shaky markets.
Record DateThe date on which an investor must own shares of a company in order to receive its announced dividend.
Ex-dividend DateTypically two days prior to the record date, the stock price is reduced in the market by the amount of the dividend to be paid.
Selling DividendsInducing customers to buy securities based on the promise of increased returns from an announced dividend.Holder of RecordOwner of stock recorded in a company's books as of a certain date.