Most companies pay quarterly, but a few usually mutual funds pay monthly, and some pay annually or semiannually. Also note that some are well known for routine dividends for three quarters and then an extra dividend based on earnings at the end of the year. (Bonds usually pay interest semiannually; stocks pay dividends quarterly.)Unless otherwise noted assume they pay quarterly.Another aspect of dividends is how often do they increase the dividend. The extra income from dividend increases is important to those who invest for income.If you go on Yahoo Finance and click historical data, one of the options is dividends. It will show dividends paid each time for as far back as they have data.If you have access to Value Line, they show dividends paid for the last four years by quarter and for the last ten years annually. (My library offers free on line access to Value Line for those with library cards.)
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