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These videos and picture tutorials will show you how to correctly set up and get the most out of the BodhiGold software.


  Dividends Explained

Dividends are part of a company's net profit which is distributed to their shareholders. They are generally expressed as a number of cents per share. There is no requirement for companies to pay dividends and they may instead choose to reinvest the earnings back into the company.

Companies that pay dividends usually tend to do so at the same time every year. A majority of companies will pay an Interim dividend in the first quarter of their financial year and a final dividend in the last quarter of their financial year. Some companies may also pay a special dividend through the year.

To be paid a dividend you must have purchased shares in the company before the ex dividend date. The share price may fall on this date with the drop being related to the amount of dividend being paid.

The BodhiGold software includes a utility called the Monitor. This utility displays a subset of information that is included in the data downloaded by BodhiGold, each time you click the Catchup button.

The information included relates to events that are applied to your database/s automatically without you even knowing it has occurred. These events include the addition of new symbols; the deletion of expired symbols and the adjustment of historical prices due to share splits, reconstructions and dividends etc.

Note: Not all formats will apply Dividends to your database by default. If you want dividends to apply to your database/s you may need to turn them on.

You can open the Monitor by selecting View>Monitor from BodhiGold's main menu.

BodhiGold: View - Monitor

The Monitor dialog box consists of four (4) sections, these need to be selected in order:

BodhiGold: The Monitor - Dividends Screen

  1. Product & Date » this is where you choose the product you want (i.e. Australian Securities Exchange from the Finance tab) and the day of data you want to view. You make these selections by clicking on the appropriate drop-down box. You first select which Module you require then the Exchange then the Date.

    BodhiGold: The Monitor - Product Selection

  2. Market » choose the type of Market information you wish to view by clicking on the appropriate tab (i.e. Equity). The tabs displayed here will depend on the choices you made in the Product & Date section.

    BodhiGold: The Monitor - Market Selection

  3. Information » this is where you choose the information you want displayed in the matrix (table). In this case we want to view the Dividend information so you will need to select the Dividend tab.

    BodhiGold: The Monitor - Matrix

    Note: The Dividends tab will only display if there have been dividends passed for the exchange and the date you selected in section 1.
  4. Matrix » This information changes depending on the selections you have made in Sections 1, 2 & 3 on this screen.

    BodhiGold: The Monitor - Information Selection

    The image above is showing the dividends that were passed for the Equity market from the Australian Stock Exchange on the 5-October-2017.

Dividend Information available in the Monitor
BodhiGold displays the following dividend information through the Monitor:
The unique code allocated to the company by the exchange it is traded on.

BodhiGold: The Monitor - Exchange Code

Ex Date
This is the ex dividend date which is four business days before the company's Record date. To be entitled to the dividend the shareholder must have purchased shares before this date.
This is also the date when the price may fall due to the dividend value. This results in an adjustment factor being applied to the historical data. You can view this factor by clicking on the Event tab in on this screen.

BodhiGold: The Monitor - Ex Date

Paid Date
The date the dividend is paid.

BodhiGold: The Monitor - Paid Date

Type of Dividend. Generally this is either an interim or final dividend. The last dividend in the company's financial year is classified as final and all others are classified as interim. In some cases there will be a special dividend which is used to indicate that this dividend is not paid regularly each year. Some companies (ie. ASX:GPT) that chose to pay 3 or more dividends a year will display 'Quarter' in this field. Companies that only pay one dividend a year may display 'Annual'.

BodhiGold: The Monitor - Kind

The style the dividend is to be paid. Generally dividends are paid as cash or stock. A cash dividend is a payment made by a company from their earnings to a shareholder in cash. A stock dividend is when the company allocates new shares and these are given to the shareholder.

BodhiGold: The Monitor - Style

The amount the shareholder can expect to be paid on a per share basis.
If the company is foreign (i.e. AIA) to the exchange then this amount is displayed in the exchanges currency (i.e. NZD) which is converted as at the ex dividend date. In this case actual amounts received may vary from this figure based on exchange rate movements.

BodhiGold: The Monitor - Amount

Company tax rate at which the dividend is franked.
If a company has paid a dividend out of profits that it has already paid tax on then the shareholder is entitled to an imputation credit, or a reduction in the amount of income tax that must be paid - up to the amount of tax already paid by the company.

BodhiGold: The Monitor - Franking

Description of the Dividend. You can find more detail of a dividend by clicking on the event tab.

BodhiGold: The Monitor - Detail

Note: Other structural and distribution events are listed in this matrix.