Dividend income

Definition:

Distribution of earnings to shareholders that may be in the form of cash, stock, or property. Mutual fund dividends are paid out of income, usually on a quarterly basis, from interest generated by a fund's investments. Also known as a dividend distribution.

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Equalizing dividend

Special dividends received by investors of a firm for income the investor lost because the firm altered the dividends payment schedule.

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