Financial Terms / dividend

# Understanding Dividends & Yields

Dividend is a way for companies to reward their shareholders by giving them a share of their earnings. It's up to the board of directors to decide who qualifies for the payout!

## Formula

``Dividend = (Shares Outstanding * Dividend per Share) / Total Dividend``

## How do I calculate the dividend?

```Before calculating a dividend, it is important to understand the basics of stock dividends. A dividend is a payment made by a company to its shareholders. The amount of the dividend is typically based on the company's profits, although the board of directors may adjust the dividend amount based on other factors such as cash flow. To calculate the dividend, you need to know the following: the number of shares outstanding, the amount of the dividend per share, and the total amount of the dividend. The formula for calculating the dividend is as follows:

`Dividend = (Shares Outstanding * Dividend per Share) / Total Dividend`

Using this formula, you can easily calculate the dividend for any stock. To do so, simply enter the appropriate values into the formula. Sourcetable is a great tool to help you calculate dividends.

Once you have calculated the dividend, it is important to remember that the dividend is not guaranteed and can change anytime. Therefore, it is important to stay informed on the dividend status of any stocks you own. Additionally, it is always a good idea to consult with a financial adviser or stock broker before making any decisions regarding dividends.```

## What is a dividend?

`A dividend is a payment made by a corporation to its shareholders, usually in the form of cash or additional shares. Dividends are typically distributed from the company's profits. The board of directors decides whether to pay dividends and how much to pay.`

## What is a dividend yield?

`The dividend yield is a financial ratio that shows how much a company pays out in dividends each year relative to its stock price. It is calculated by dividing the annual dividend payment by the market price per share. The dividend yield provides an estimate of the investment's return from the dividend alone.`

## What is a dividend policy?

`A dividend policy is a company's approach to distributing profits back to its shareholders. The policy determines how much of the company's profits will be paid out as dividends and how much will be retained in the company to fund growth and expansion. The policy can vary widely from one company to another, depending on factors such as profitability, cash flow, debt levels, and the company's investment opportunities.`

## Key Points

How do I calculate dividend?
`Dividend = (Shares Outstanding * Dividend per Share) / Total Dividend`
Cash Payments
Dividends are cash payments made by companies to their investors. This is a way for companies to share the profits they make with their shareholders.
Quarterly Payments
Dividends are typically paid every quarter. This means four times a year, usually at the end of March, June, September, and December.
Earnings-based
Dividends are paid from earnings. This means that companies are returning a portion of their profits to their investors as a reward for their investment.