The dividend yield is the amount of money a company pays shareholders (over the course of a year) for owning a share of its stock. Which is it’s definition. We touched on this last time but i’ll reiterate a little to refresh your memory and create a good example for you.

It shows how much your getting return, on your investment.

If a company pays a dividend of £1.00 quarterly. You get 0.25p 4 times within that year but what does this cost initially? Because I’m good at maths i’m going to use the 2 different examples. One being if the share price was £100 (Shares can get this expensive like Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and so on but usually they are cheaper than this)

but if I told you, with the same dividend (£1.00), the share price was £10. It’s simple which one you would choose, right? The £20. This is because the share has a better YIELD! That not a definition but a much more simplified example.

To find out a Dividend yield you need to do this equation

Example 1 — £1.00 Divided by 100= (Answer) x100 = 1% (DY)

Example 2 — £1.00 Divided by 10= (Answer) x100 = 10% (DY)

Which mean you get 1% of your money back each year in the first example and 10% in the second.

I would much prefer the 10% than 1, and I think I would know which one you would choose!

A stocks share price changes every day, every minute if you want to be precise. So just because you get 5% one day doesn’t mean you get it the next. Lets say the price changes to £11. Than the dividend yield is 9.09%. As the dividends and price of the stock change, so does the Yield.

Be careful! Just because a company has a high dividend yielddoesn’t mean it’sa good investment. You need to consider the fundamentals of the business. What kind of profits a business has or is getting. Is the business going bust? and so much more, which I will be covering what I look for in a business before investing in it and what basics you should be looking for in later blogs, so stay tuned!

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