What Is a Dividend?

by Gregory Bramwell-Smith ; Updated September 27, 2017

A dividend is a stated amount of a company's earnings that the board of directors elects, usually once a quarter, to pay out to shareholders. Find out how dividends are expressed with help from a portfolio manager in this free video on personal finance and money management.

About the Author

Gregory Bramwell-Smith is relationship and portfolio manager at Bramwell-Smith Associates. He has more than a decade of experience in financial services, with 15 years of sales experience. Branwell-Smith currently manages income property and investment relationships, including all aspects from restoration and project management of properties to creating new partnerships and managing income security portfolios.