In by Kristia van Heerden

When a listed company shares profits with its shareholders, the cash amount paid to the shareholder account is called a dividend. It’s usually expressed as cents per share or, in the case of ETFs, cents per unit. The more shares or ETF units you have, the more dividends you receive.

These posts discuss dividends in more detail:

OUTstanding money: Dividends explained

ETF: Dividend ETFs

Wealthy Maths: Calculating dividends

Podcast: Should I care about dividends?

ETF: Total return ETFs explained