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Ex-Dividend Date Insight: Royal Gold

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On November 17, 2020, Royal Gold (NASDAQ:RGLD) declared a dividend payable on January 22, 2021 to its shareholders. Royal Gold also announced that shareholders on the company's books on or before January 8, 2021 are entitled to the dividend. The stock will then go ex-dividend 1 business day(s) before the record date. The ex-dividend date for Royal Gold is set for January 7, 2021. The company's current dividend payout sits at $0.3, equating to a dividend yield of 1.01% at current price levels.

What Is An Ex-Dividend Date?

Ex-dividend dates signal when company shares cease to trade with their current dividend payouts. There is a small intermission period before companies announce new dividends. Usually, a company's ex-dividend date falls one business day before its record date. Investors should keep this in mind when purchasing stocks because buying them on or after ex-dividend dates does not qualify them to receive the declared payment. Newly declared dividends go to shareholders who have owned that stock before the ex-dividend date. Typically, companies will announce and implement new dividend yields on a quarterly basis.

Understanding Royal Gold's Dividend Performance

Over the past year, Royal Gold has seen its dividend payouts and yields climb upward overall. Last year (January 2, 2020), the company's payout sat at $0.28, which has since increased by $0.02. Royal Gold's dividend yield last year was 0.96%, which has since grown by 0.05%.
Companies use dividend yields in different strategic ways. Some companies may opt to not give yields altogether to reinvest in themselves. Other companies may opt to increase or decrease their yield amounts to control how their shares circulate throughout the stock market.

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