How to Use

By | Published August 18th, 2014

Best Dividend Stocks & DARs Rating System

Most of the dividend stocks that we cover on are rated under our Dividend Advantage Rating System (DARs). Stocks that we rate with a 3.5 rating or higher are considered “Recommended” and are placed on the Best Dividend Stocks list.

For subscribers seeking additional ideas for dividend investments, we have our Top 50 High-Yield Dividend Stocks on Our Watchlist list that is published every Thursday.

Ex-Dividend Date Search

Our ex-dividend date search tool allows users to find stocks by selecting a specific date or date range for ex-dividend dates. The search will automatically include common shares of all stocks going ex-dividend during the selected time period. Users also have the option of adding preferred shares, ADRs, ETFs, ETNs, funds and notes. When the list is generated, the option to export the data to a spreadsheet is also available.

You must own a stock before the ex-dividend date to get the dividend. For more information on ex-dividends, click here.

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The Screener allows subscribers to search for stocks based on a specific criteria. For example, an investor searching for quarterly paying dividend stocks in the Consumer Goods industry  that is under $50 with at least a 3.00% yield would enter the following into the Screener.



Search Result Example 


Dividend Advisor

The Dividend Advisor is included with the Premium subscription and is published in a PDF format in the beginning of every month. This newsletter can be found by clicking on Premium. Below is sample of what each issue of the Dividend Advisor includes.

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Watch List

The Watch List feature allows subscribers to enter an unlimited amount of dividend paying securities. Subscribers will have the option of receiving email alerts for the stocks on their watch list. To adjust these settings click here.



Ticker Pages

There is a ticker page for each stock that we cover on the site. Ticker pages can be found by entering in a company in the Search for Companies or Symbols search box at the top of the page. The ticker pages begins with the basic dividend information about the stock: price, yield, annualized dividend, payout ratio, dividend growth and the Dividend Shot Clock (days until the next ex-dividend date).

Dividend Growth: The dividend growth is based on regular quarterly(or other frequency) dividend increases. For example, Microsoft (MSFT) has raised its quarterly dividend at least once a year for 10 consecutive years. Further down the page, you will see another growth chart. This chart may differ for some stocks as this is based on annualized growth.

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If the stock has an upcoming dividend, the box below will show up on the ticker page. If the ex-dividend date has not yet passed, it will be highlighted in red. The pay date will be highlighted in blue.

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Want to check on a stock’s historical yield? Check out the Dividend Yield & Stock Price History graph. This interactive graph allows you to view the historical stock price (blue line) and yield (black line) for past dates by hovering your mouse over the graph.


Historical Dividend Data

Historical dividend data is available in several formats on the ticker pages. The first format is the Dividend Payout History chart. This chart marks each payout that the company has made during a specific time period. By hovering your mouse over the chart, you will be able to see more information on the payouts.


The Annual Dividend Data & Growth chart displays the total dollar amount of dividends paid in a given year. These amounts may differ from the quarterly increases mentioned above.


The Historical Dividend Data chart displays a long term history of a stocks dividend data. All of the information including the dividend date information and the dividend qualification information is available here.


Other Tools

  • Monthly Income Generator - This tool is used by investors who are seeking dividend income during different times of the year. The stocks used in this generator are picks from our Best Dividend Stocks list.
  • Compounding Returns -  For investors holding on to a dividend stock long term, the Compounding Returns Calculator is a tool that allows them to better prepare for the future.
  • Dividend Payout Changes - This tool shows all of the dividend payout changes that occurred each day.
  • Upgrades & Downgrades - Everyday, we re-evaluated the stocks that we rate under our DARS rating system. This section shows subscribers what our recent changes were.
  • Dividend Stock Guide & Special Reports - Every year, we publish a Dividend Stock Guide that is available in a e-book format. We also have several other reports that are available for download.
  • Investing Ideas – Need some ideas for investments? Be sure to check out our research articles.

Most of these features are for Premium members only. For instant access to the entire site, be sure to take our 14 Day Free Trial. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us.