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What You Need to Know About Stock Dividend Dates

Dividend investors should be aware of these important payment dates.

Question: I'm relatively new to dividend investing, and I know that there are some important dates I should be aware of--record dates and ex-dividend dates, for example. What do I need to know?

Answer: Most investors are very familiar with dividends, but they may be less familiar with the specific timeline associated with a company's dividend distribution: the declaration date, the record date, the ex-dividend date, and the actual distribution date. Although buy-and-hold investors don't have to be keenly attuned to all of those dates, it's still important to have a working understanding of them. We've outlined some key dates below.

Declaration Date
This date, also known as the announcement date, is the date on which a company declares it will pay a dividend.