FAQ

  • Does dividendhike.com track all listed US stocks?

Dividendhike covers most of the dividend paying stocks listed in the United States. However the focus of the news posted on the website is on the larger companies with a market cap of at least $10 billion. We have also chosen not to write about certain (sub)sectors such as Master Limited Partnerships (MLPs), Mortgage REITS (mREITs), Business Development Companies (BDCs) and other often high yielding investments. Another category of stocks not included on the site are the foreign based companies with a main listing on another market, for example in Canada, Asia or in Europe. For now the data and statistics shown on dividendhike is restricted to stocks with a minimum market cap of $10.0 billion. Data and news for smaller companies will not be displayed and shows N/A. Another issue is that Google does not allow us to show ads on the website for now. We will only display all data and news when we can recoup some of the significant investments made to build and maintain this website. No ads unfortunately means a website with many empty spaces. We can not change this unless ads will be displayed automatically. For now we have chosen to leave it this way because we do not want to spend more money on rebuilding the website to deal with the ad positions not filled.

  • What is the dividend ex-date, record date and payment date  of a dividend?

The ex-dividend date is the first date when buying a stock does not entitle the new buyer to the declared dividend, as the transfer of stock ownership cannot be completed before the company initiates the dividend payment. The ex-dividend date is normally one business day before the dividend record date. As a result, if you purchase a stock on the ex-dividend date or after, you will not receive the next dividend payment. Instead, the seller of the stock gets the dividend. If you purchase the stock before the ex-dividend date, you are entitled to receive the dividend. When a company declares a dividend, the record date and payment date will be disclosed in a press release, which is also posted on the company's website. The record date is the day upon which the shareholders of record are entitled to the upcoming dividend payment. However, it is important to be aware of the ex-dividend date, which will impact whether or not you receive the next dividend. The payment date is the day when the dividend checks will be credited to brokerage accounts or mailed to the shareholders of a company.

  • How are historical dividend records and years of increased dividends calculated?

The dividend track records on the site, such as hike years and paid since, are based on data provided by the companies on their websites, in annual reports and through press releases. However most of the dividend records are calculated by dividendhike based on our own research. Hike years on dividendhike.com are based on calendar years but information about the dividend record provided by the company is always leading. If you find any errors or inaccuracies on this website regarding the dividend history, please let us know and we will adjust it. Also note that all dividend growth percentages displayed throughout the website are based on the announcements done in a certain year, not the actual growth rate based on the four quarterly dividends added up together for one specific year.

  • What is a hike star?

A hike star is a listed company that has increased its dividend for at least 25 consecutive years (a 'Dividend Aristocrat') and has announced a double digit dividend hike in the current calendar year.

  • Can I report an error found on dividendhike.com?

Errors or inaccuracies can be reported by email or by leaving a message on or Facebook or Twitter page. Thank you in advance for that!

  • How often are the dividend yields and stock charts displayed updated?

First of all, dividendhike.com does not use real-time quotes. All data, including dividend yields and stock charts, are based on closing prices. We try to update all data daily after the market close, but we will not always be able to do this. You can find the date of the latest update on top of the Dividend Calendar page.