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Subject:  Re: Dividend To Ex-Dividend Status Date:  10/1/2012  1:40 PM
Author:  pauleckler Number:  259379 of 266544

Jay, on ex-dividend date, the dividend and the record date is completely up to the board of directors. They are free to change either at any time. As a practical matter, few make changes. Hence, usually dividends are paid like clockwork on essentially the same date each quarter (or month if appropriate).

Hence, if you list all 70 stocks in a spreadsheet program and record their last ex-dividend date and payment date, add 90 days to each and you can easily estimate when the next payment is due. Plus using the sort feature, you can easily set up a calendar for when the next payment is due, in what order from where.

If the stocks are held in a brokerage account, it is easy enough to check them off on each statement and see if the estimated date is correct, has changed, or needs adjustment.

The best source of when paid information is the news release of the company announcing the dividend--usually found on the shareholder information page on the company website. Barrons used to publish dividend and x date info every week. I don't know if they still do, but I would presume one of the Dow Jones web pages will have the information.
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