On January 29, 2021, Putnam Master (NYSE:PIM) announced shareholders can expect to receive a dividend payable on March 1, 2021. The stock will then go ex-dividend 1 business day(s) before the record date. The ex-dividend date for Putnam Master will be on February 22, 2021. The company's current dividend payout is at $0.02. That equates to a dividend yield of 6.32% at current price levels. The Significance Of Ex-Dividend Dates Ex-dividend dates are when company shares stop trading with their current dividend payouts in preparation for those companies to announce new ones. 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. Most ex-dividend dates operate on a quarterly basis. Putnam Master's Dividend History Over the past year, Putnam Master has experienced an overall downward trend regarding its dividend payouts and yields. Last year on November 23, 2020 the company's payout was $0.03, which has since decreased by $0.01. Similarly, Putnam Master's dividend yield last year was 8.78%, which has since declined by 2.46%. 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. To read more about Putnam Master click here. See more from BenzingaClick here for options trades from BenzingaA Preview Of Viper Energy Partners's EarningsDiscovery's Earnings: A Preview© 2021 Benzinga.com. Benzinga does not provide investment advice. All rights reserved.