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Understanding Dividend Dates and Evaluating a Stock Ep 42

In this post, we are going to look at dividends, dividend dates, and a stock chart.

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Here’s a question from Dave:

“Hi, Sasha! My name is Dave. My question is regarding the street in TST, which is tearing around $2.30. They have announced dividend for $1.77. It’s due on April 22nd and ex-dividend date on April 23. And record date April 15th. I am confused about the dates in how this dividend will play out. I also would like to get your input on this stock as a whole. Thank you!”

My answer: This is Jim Cramer’s company I believe it used to be I don’t know if he still owns it. In either case, if you look at TST (the street), this is what it is.

It’s a financial news network founded by Jim Cramer. I don’t know if he’s still doing a lot of the stuff behind it. It’s a company based on the popularity of Jim Cramer.

Dividend dates – when get the payout?

Go to Google, and they’ll tell you everything about dividends. 

“If you purchase a stock on its ex-dividend date or after, you will not receive the next dividend payment. Instead, the seller gets the dividend. If you purchase before the ex-dividend date, you get the dividend…”

Keep in mind the whole point behind the dividends. Remember, it takes time for things to clear. They have a record book. This is the simple version. They have a record book that they look at who has that stock. And what they do is they look at that record book at a certain time and see does Joey or Bobby get a dividend. And if you’re not on that record book, you don’t get a dividend.

Just like when you take a picture of your check, or you deposit money in your bank account – it’s not there instant. It takes like a couple of days to clear the bank. And with stocks, it takes 3-5 days to clear to make sure you’re on the books.

If you buy a stock on Monday, you might not be on the books until Wednesday or Thursday. 

Those things can change depending on:

  • regulations 
  • how quickly they do it 
  • internet systems

It takes a few days to get on the books. And that’s the whole point you have to get on before they look at the books. As long as you’re on when they look at the books, you’ll get the dividend. That’s how it works.

Get it a few days before that record date before that you need to get on the book. There it is. It’s on Google – it tells you all the different nomenclature. But the simplified version is something you’re not going to get on Google.

You have to get on the book before the payout, and it takes a few days to get on that book. Get it a few days before that record date.

The overall the TST Stock

If you’re asking about the stock TST, back it up to the monthly, the quarterly, and the yearly, overall, this stock has been continuing to go lower.

That’s the trend. It’s not growing. There’s a little bit of point where it bottomed, and then it tried to go up.

It’s too mature – 2009 and 2008 it just been here and it’s probably going to stick around there for another 10 or 20 years.

If you look at it, it just continues to move lower. And just looking at the historical part, it seems to be high that it’s been in a while. And you might get those huge moves from $6 a share to up.

And then it looks like they did a split here 1 for 10 and that’s so they can get you more funding. That’s because the stock is not doing well.

For every 1 share, you get 10 shares. Basically, they’re getting more shares so that they can distribute more into the market. That’s usually not a healthy sign.

You can see there is your dividend. There is your split, and then there’s a record calls.

Overall I wouldn’t look at this stock more for like a day trade or a bounce or something like that. Otherwise, it’s not a good long-term investor. If you’re looking at long term investor, look for things that pay a nice healthy dividend over the last 10 or 20 years.

Those are not too tough to find. I won’t do any recommendations at this point. However, you can pick some of the big companies out there that are selling a lot of products and have been around for a long time.

You could probably think of some on the top of your head. And those things will probably still be good for a while. They’re healthy, long term companies with a lot of assets and that’s where you want to be.

Other than that, as far as dividends go, make sure you get on the books a few days before they start moving things to the records. And then you’ll get the dividend if that’s what you’re looking to get.

Otherwise, if you’re in it for a long term for dividends and you’re investing the stock, then you’ll be holding it for quite a while, and then you don’t have to worry about these dates. That’s because you’ll be in it for multiple months. The thing is if you’re a dividend player, if you’re interested in getting on dividends, then you’ll probably be holding that stock for an extended period anyway.

Final Word

Don’t stress too much about when the dividend date is, and the record date is. You’ll get the payout eventually because you’ll probably be in the stock for a couple of years.

That’s what you want to do if you’re trying to get money from dividends.

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