2020 Ex-dividend and Distribution Dates: VIG, VTI, VTV, VV, VYM

Apparently, Vanguard likes to keep their ETF ex-dividend and distribution dates a secret until just a couple days before the event.  It has that old mutual fund feel to it—”we’ll give you a quote after-market and allow you to buy or sell our stuff at the end of the day, otherwise go away…” As a result, the dates below are just guesses, based on previous year’s …

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Dividend History Report

For iShare and SPDR ETFs you can use this page to obtain dividend history data and charts. DividendInvestor provides a nice dividend report on their free website.  It includes yields and timely updates on dividends.  If you click on the “Dividends Paid Since” button you will get multiple years of dividend history.  

2020 Ex-Dividend Dates for Russell ETFs: IWM, IWP, IWB, IWZ, IWR, IWD, IWV, IWS, IWO, IWW, IWC, IWL, IWX, IWY, IWF

2020 Ex-Dividend Dates for Russell ETFs: IWB, IWC, IWD, IWM, IWO, IWP, IWR, IWS, IWV, IWZ, IWV, IWS, IWO, IWW, IWC, IWL, IWX, IWY, IWF Based on Ishares’ distribution schedule I expect the next ex-Dividend, pay dates for these ETFs to be:   2020 Ex-Dividend Dates Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 25-March 15-June 23-September 14-December 30-December (potential cap gains) Pay / Distribution Dates 31-March 19-June 29-September …

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Trading in IRA accounts, and avoiding “free riding”

As much as possible I try to trade in my IRA accounts—in order to defer taxes of course. It is a bit counter-intuitive to be doing more speculative activities in a retirement account, but this approach supports my goals:

  • Achieving good returns
  • With reasonable risks
  • While compounding growth

If your money is in Roth accounts, all the better, but most people interested in trading in their IRAs are restricted to traditional IRAs.

There are restrictions on what trades you can do in an IRA account.  For example, you can’t short a stock in an IRA account, but option restrictions have eased some over the years,  and market innovations like short ETFs (e.g., SH, SDS) have effectively bypassed some of the more onerous restrictions.   Brokers vary considerably in what they allow in IRA accounts, so pays to ask around.   Fidelity & Schwab allow many types of option spreads that some brokers might not. Covered calls and protective puts on long positions are broadly available within IRAs. Interactive Brokers and TD Ameritrade both waive the 2-day settlement requirement on trades in IRAs so if you plan to do frequent trades they would definitely be worth a look.

For a more general treatment on trading in IRAs see “Top 15 Questions About Trading in IRAs.”  The rest of this post will deal with free riding and how to avoid it.

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2020 Ex-dividend Dates for Schwab’s ETFs: SCHA, SCHB, SCHC, SCHD, SCHE, SCHF, SCHG, SCHH, SCHM, SCHV, SCHX, FNDF, FNDC, FNDE

2020 Schwab ETF Ex-Dividend and Pay date information Schwab has now published their ex-dividend / pay dates for all of their no-fee ETFs.  The published dates are: Quarterly Distributions:  SCHA, SCHB, SCHD, SCHG, SCHH, SCHM, SCHV, SCHX 2020 Ex-Dividend Dates Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 25-March 24-June 23-September 10-December 30-December  (potential cap gains div) Pay / Distribution Dates 30-March 29-June 28-September 12-December 5-January-2021 (potential cap gains dist) …

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