INTC — Dividend Capture?

By Anonymous Questions, March 14, 2013

Dear Gum, or Mr. Shoe,
My usual genuflection for your great and entertaining work!

A kinda dumb question, but…
Re your semi-recommend of INTC regarding the 4% dividend, how long does one have to hold a stock to get that divvy, and how often is it distributed?
And would it be a possible MO to move in and out of stocks just to get the divvy on them?
It seems so cheeky that there must be reasons why one cannot.

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Travis Johnson, Stock Gumshoe
If you’re going to genuflect, you can call me whatever you want! You have to hold a stock before it goes ex-dividend (“ex-dividend” means the stock trades without rights to that dividend payment) to get the dividend, you can sell it anytime after it goes ex-dividend and still get the dividend. If you want to pay the lower qualified dividend tax rate, you need to hold the stock for a longer period to qualify for that — more than 60 days is the rough rule. People do try to trade around dividends and use the “Dividend capture” strategy, selling after… Read more »

I would add to the discussion on dividend capture that a stock with a fat dividend (e.g. 3% per quarter) generally drop in value, by the amount of the dividend, on the day it goes ex-dividend.


if the stock drops the amount of the dididend u will lose money as u pay to buy & sell.