Next 2018 SPY, VOO, IVV Ex-Dividend Dates and Estimated Dividends

Updated: Dec 19th, 2018 | Vance Harwood | @6_Figure_Invest

SPY will go ex-dividend Friday, December 21st, 2018 with a dividend that I’m estimating, based on historical patterns, of $1.55 /shares.  SPY’s distribution payout will be on January 31st, 2019—yes the SPDR folks take their time delivering the dividend.  I’m estimating Vanguard’s VOO, one of the other two big S&P 500 ETFs, will go ex-dividend on the 21st of December with a dividend of $1.42/ share.  iShares’ IVV, went ex-dividend on the 17th of December with a dividend of $1.442/ share. VOO and IVV are much faster to distribute the dividends—both pay out within a week of their ex-dividend dates. IVV and VOO reinvest dividends into their constituent stocks until the payout date arrives. SPY is restricted by its Unit Investment Trust legal structure to hold dividends in cash until they are paid out.

SPY is the largest ETF in the world, currently with $259 billion in assets under management.  The next two largest ETFs that track the S&P 500 are iShare’s IVV and Vanguard’s VOO—currently with $161 billion and $101 billion in assets respectively. The table below summarizes dividend information for SPY, IVV, and VOO. Vanguard only publishes ex-dividend dates a few days prior to the event itself, so future dates for VOO are just estimates.

Ticker Next Ex-dividend Next Pay date September Dividend Dividend Dividend
SPY 21-Dec-2018 31-Jan-2019   $1.323 $ 1.55 (est)
IVV 17-Dec-2018 21-Dec-2018  $1.277 $ 1.442
VOO 21-Dec-2018 (est) 28-Dec-2018 (est)  $1.207 $ 1.42 (est)

You only have to buy a stock or ETF the day prior to its ex-dividend date to be eligible for the dividend.  You can sell on the ex-dividend date if you want and still collect the dividend when the distribution/pay date arrives.  Be aware that in a flat market the stock or ETF at market open on its ex-dividend date will typically drop in value by the dividend amount.  See Top 10 questions on Dividends if you have more questions.

SPY, IVV, VOO 2018 Ex-Dividend Dates
Ticker Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
SPY 16-Mar-18 15-Jun-18 21-Sep-18 21-Dec-18 26-Dec-18 (potential cap gains)
IVV 22-Mar-18 26-Jun-18 26-Sep-18 17-Dec-18 28-Dec-18 (potential cap gains)
VOO 26-Mar-18 28-Jun-18 24-Sep-18 21-Dec-18 (est)
Pay / Distribution Dates
SPY 30-Apr-18 31-Jul-18 31-Oct-18 31-Jan-19 31-Jan-19 (potential cap gains)
IVV 28-Mar-18 2-July-18 2-Oct-18 21-Dec-18 4-Jan-19 (potential cap gains)
VOO 29-Mar-18 3-July-18 1-Oct-18 28-Dec-18 (est)

For more information about ex-dividend and distribution dates for SPDR, iShares, Schwab, and Vanguard ETFs see this post. See the chart below for SPY’s dividend history since 2013. Click on the graph to enlarge.

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First posted: Friday, January 1st, 2010 | Vance Harwood