Nothing's changed from last few years. Same amount. Ex- and Record dates in December. Payable next month. My reading of the tax code on regulated investment companies is that the dividend is taxable in the old year. Normal practice would be that after the dividend announced today, the next one picks up on monthly schedule in February.
Where, pray tell, did you see that they were "supposed to" announce it yesterday? From this board? If so, Ha Ha!
Look, call up their dividend history on their investor relations page and going back to 2008 you will find 4Q dividends announced between Dec. 12 and 19, inclusive. I think it probably has more to do with the way the dates fall in the week and the dates their board meets than it does the Fed meeting, but certainly not a reason for panic. Remember, they are required by law to distribute 90% of their income as dividends, to avoid excise tax. So you're saying they have nothing to distribute at all. Come on. To say there won't be a 4Q divvy is panic mongering, and also untrue, in my opinion.
Ho hum. Here we go again. People saying somehow PHT has changed and made things worse for December. People do this every year. Unless you know something I don't, pucktoretiresoon, I would expect a "January" dividend to be declared a week from tomorrow (the 20th, the day after the Dec. dividend gets paid) and that "January" dividend to go "ex" and be taxable very late this month, payable in January. Then go back to a regular schedule in February. Been that way for years. Here's the 2011 version: