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Fortunately now days your broker is supposed to keep track of all of this. (CAPs seems to be struggling but has calculated major dividend payments and deducted same from your cost basis.)

Even though they are supposed to track cost basis changes, there are exceptions to the requirement, and brokers do make mistakes. It is YOUR responsibility to maintain accurate records. Additionally, as you mentioned, Dow has a long history of corporate reorganizations many of which pre-date the requirement for broker cost basis tracking. Keeping accurate records here is only "somewhat" easier than tracking the AT&T breakup of the 1980s.

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