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Investment question

Aeson

Hero
What does it mean when a stock pays a dividend twice in a month? I have had a couple of stocks do this. Perhaps I'm not asking the right question for the all powerful Google to answer.
 

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D1Tremere

Adventurer
"A stock dividend is a dividend payment to shareholders that is made in shares rather than as cash. ... For example, a company might issue a stock dividend of 5%, which will require it to issue 0.05 shares for every share owned by existing shareholders, so the owner of 100 shares would receive five additional shares"

So you would get x more shares then what you initially had 2 times each month.
 

Aeson

Hero
It's not every month. The stocks do pay each month but the extra happens maybe once. Example: GAIN paid X on 6/17 and X on 6/30, but every other month just paid X on the 30th.
 

Eltab

Lord of the Hidden Layer
One of those payments was probably a one-time payment, the other payment a regularly-scheduled dividend.

What ticker symbol, if I may ask?

Yahoo Finance may have articles that will explain better than my off-the-cuff guess. Enter your company's ticker symbol to the Search function. Scroll down a little bit when the next screen opens; you should get a list of headlines starting with the most recent.
 

Aeson

Hero
GAIN. It looks like it's had 2 extra payments in the last year. Most of my stocks only go back to March last year.
 

Eltab

Lord of the Hidden Layer
Just looked up GAIN at Yahoo Finance. The company pays a dividend every month. (Most US companies pay every 3rd month.)

The Board of Directors also decided to pay a 'supplemental dividend' in June: the company brought in a lot of cash this spring, and they are sending it to shareholders. The Board could have decided to spend the money on other things - buying a smaller rival business, or upgrading their computer equipment, for instance.

For this company, what you are seeing happen looks to be their standard procedure. They are interested in sending cash to their investors' pockets. As a relative beginner in investing, that regular delivery of cash can be a reward: I'm doing this investing thing right.

Look for books and websites that offer advice on investing. Personally I like Jim Cramer's Get Rich Carefully (book) for its description of the background research needed to make this your full-time job, and The Motley Fool (website) for articles aimed at beginners describing good and bad points of individual companies / stocks.

There is a LOT to learn, do not be embarrassed to create a simple set of 'What I will do if X happens' guidelines while you are figuring it all out. You don't have to make the best possible choice every time, you just have to be right more often than you are wrong. Study and research will guide you in that direction.
 

Aeson

Hero
It's a REIT. They more often than not pay monthly. When time to retire comes that monthly income will be great. It's a way to get into real estate without actually managing the property. Good way to diversify. If residential is down, commercial might be up. You can ease losses that way.
I'm familiar with The Motley Fool. Seeking Alpha seems like a good source also.
 

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