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Q. What is a Dividend

Some stocks, especially blue chips, pay dividends. This means that for every share you own, you are paid a portion of the company's earnings. For example, for every share of AT&T you own, you will get sent $0.15 every year. Most companies pay dividends quarterly (four times a year), meaning at the end of every business quarter, the company will send a check for 1/4 of $0.15 for each share you own.

This may not seem like a lot, but when you have built your portfolio up to thousands of shares, and use those dividends to buy more stock in the company, you can make a lot of money over the years.

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