S&P 500   4,023.89
DOW   32,196.66
QQQ   301.94
S&P 500   4,023.89
DOW   32,196.66
QQQ   301.94
S&P 500   4,023.89
DOW   32,196.66
QQQ   301.94
S&P 500   4,023.89
DOW   32,196.66
QQQ   301.94

Dividend Calculator

Use MarketBeat's free dividend calculator to learn how much income your dividend stock portfolio will generate over time. Incorporate key calculations, such as dividend yield, taxes, dividend growth, distribution frequency, dividend growth, and time horizon to accurately understand your dividend investment portfolio's future income power. Plus leverage other dividend tools from MarketBeat to identify the safest and highest-yield dividend stocks. Learn more.



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YearPrincipalAnnual DividendYieldYield On CostAfter DRIP ValuePrincipal IncreaseAnnual ContributionNew BalanceCumulative Dividends

Dividends are a simple way for investors to watch their portfolio grow. But once you’ve selected the right dividend stocks for your portfolio, it’s important to track them. This will let you understand how they are performing right now and how they will perform in the future based on the variables you select.  Fortunately, there are analytical tools available to make calculating your projected dividend yield very simple.

Our latest tool is the MarketBeat dividend calculator. This requires you to provide some basic information which is readily available on equity’s individual stock page on MarketBeat.com. It will also require some assumptions on your part. Some of these you may be able to answer by looking at a company’s most recent earnings report.

Step 1: Select Your Investment Type

You can calculate dividend growth for individual stocks you own, or you can calculate a stock’s dividend yield as a percentage of the value of your entire portfolio. While this includes stocks that don’t pay dividends, calculating dividends this way gives you a percentage that tells you how well the dividend income of a given stock contributes to the value of your entire portfolio.

Step 2: Provide Information About the Particular Stock

Is it taxable? Select Yes or No. What is the distribution frequency? Many stocks pay a quarterly dividend. The tool also lets you select annual, semi-annual or monthly options (Note: The dividend calculator does not factor in special dividends since by their very nature they are irregular.). The other field lets you indicate if you plan on reinvesting the dividends as part of a dividend reinvestment plan (DRIP). Not all stocks do, but a DRIP is one of the easiest ways to enjoy the benefits of compounding.

Step 3: Provide Information About Your Investment Intentions

This includes three fields. First what is your starting balance? Next, how much, if anything, do you plan on contributing to the stock on an annual basis? This does not include reinvested dividends. The third field gives you the opportunity to select a length of time to measure. For example, if you are planning on retiring in 10 years, you may only want to see where the stock (or your portfolio) will be in 10 years. If you plan on this stock being a “forever” stock, you may choose a longer time horizon.

Step 4: Provide Information About the Stock’s Dividend

Here’s where you may have to make some assumptions. The last two fields, however, are essential to the accuracy of the calculator. The first is the average annual dividend yield for a particular stock. Because companies are usually very proud of their ability to issue dividends to their shareholders, this information can usually be found on a company’s web site under “Investor Relations” or a similar title. The last field is “Expected Increase % (per year)”. MarketBeat.com will show you a company’s recent dividend history. You may see, for example, that a company has increased their dividend by 0.25% every year for the past five years. Is that a guarantee they will do that again? No, but it does give you a reasonable assumption. Once a company starts not only issuing dividends, but increasing them, they will usually make continuing that pattern a priority. If they don’t, it could be an indication that the company is having financial problems.

The final word about using the dividend calculator

It may go without saying, but the results of the calculator are only as good as the data that you provide. Therefore you should be as accurate as possible with the information you provide. If you’re not going to be adding money to the account, don’t say you are. If you are not planning on reinvesting the dividend, don’t indicate that you are. If the dividend has not changed in several years, don’t assume the company will raise it in the future.

With that said, things change. Assumptions you make may change which means you may have to revisit the calculator to see whether an investment is still serving you well. There are many great dividend stocks that investors can buy and hold for years. But dividend stocks can fall out of favor. Above all else, that’s the reason why a tool like this exists to make it easy for you to get the information you need from a trusted source like MarketBeat.com.

See Also: If you are looking to calculate dividends in Microsoft Excel, MarketBeat also offers a free excel dividend calculator that you can download with this link. If you are looking to calculate the yield of a dividend stock, you can use our dividend yield calculator.

Dividend Frequently Asked Questions

What are dividends?

Dividends are shares of a company’s earnings (i.e. profits) that are paid out to stockholders of that company on a regular basis (e.g. monthly, quarterly, semi-annually, or annually). Dividends are declared by the company’s board of directors. It is common for dividends to be paid in cash. However, some companies will choose to pay them in the form of additional shares of stock.

Why is dividend yield important?

The dividend yield is a way to estimate the dividend-only total return of a stock investment. For growth investors, regular dividends can be reinvested to allow the benefit of compounding. That each time investors reinvest a dividend payment, they increase the number of shares they own. This results in a slightly higher payout in the form of a dividend, which then further increases the number of shares they own.

For income investors dividend yield is a reward for their risk. Dividend stocks offer at least a partial return on an investment, and many dividend-paying companies will increase the amount of their dividend over time.

What is the dividend yield formula?

Dividend yield is the amount of a company’s dividend expressed as a percentage. The formula is as follows:

Dividend Yield = Annual Dividend / Current Stock Price.

If a share of stock is selling for $35 and the company pays $2 a year in dividends, its yield is 5.7 %.

If the dividend stays the same, then stock price and dividend yield have an inverse relationship. When a company’s stock price goes up, the dividend yield goes down. Conversely when a company’s stock price goes down, the dividend yield goes up.

What is DRIP?

A dividend reinvestment plan (i.e. DRIP) automatically reinvests the cash dividends an investor receives to purchase more stock in the company. The dividends are reinvested without commissions or brokerage fees which allows investors to receive additional shares at a lower cost.

DRIPs issue shares using dollar-cost averaging. This technique averages out the price investors pay for shares over a long period. An investor is not buying shares at their peak price, not at their lowest price.

How do you calculate dividend payments that are reinvested?

Because reinvested dividends take the form of additional shares of stock, the formula is easy to calculate. The total value is equal to the stock price multiplied by the total number of shares, including any shares purchased through dividend reinvestment.

Let’s say an investor owns 100 shares of Company XYZ and received a .50 cent per share quarterly dividend. They would have "earned" $50 (100 x .50) to reinvest. Assuming that using dollar cost averaging, the company’s share price was $25 the investor purchased two additional shares. The investor's total return is now 102 x (share price).


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