Tell me about tracking dividends and income
Each of the topics in this section walks you through a specific type of dividend or income transaction. See Entering investment transactions for general information about manual investment tracking.
- Dividend - When companies pay part of their profits to shareholders, those profits are called dividends. The amount of each share's dividend depends on how well the company does during a particular period. Typically, only larger companies pay dividends; smaller companies need to invest their own profits to grow. Some investors interested in producing income invest in dividend-producing securities; growth-oriented investors often also buy dividend-producing securities to round out their portfolio.
What can I do?
Record income (dividend, interest, or capital gain)
Record a stock dividend (noncash dividend)
Reinvest income (dividend, interest, or capital gain)
Record a return of capital
What if something goes wrong?