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A DRiP is a Dividend Reinvestment Plan, where your dividends, instead of coming to you (or your broker for deposit to your account for shares held in 'street name'), are use to buy additional shares of the company, even fractional shares, often commision free and sometimes at a discount to the current share price.

OCP's are Optional Cash Payments. Some DRiP's will let you contibute cash directly into the plan. This can be useful if you want to steadily acquire shares of a company selling for $100/share at, say, $50/month. The details of minimum OCP amounts, permitted frequency of purchases allowed, fees applied, etc vary from plan to plan.

You can find out more about DRiP investing on the Drip Investing - The Basics boards at: http://boards.fool.com/messages.asp?id=1030010000000000

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Creighton
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