DEFINITION of 'Dividend Frequency'
How often a dividend is paid by an individual stock or fund. The most common dividend frequencies are annually, biannually and quarterly.
There are no uniform calendar dates for when dividends are paid; it depends on the individual company's fiscal calendar. Special or one-time dividends are not measured in terms of their frequency because they only appear sporadically.
BREAKING DOWN 'Dividend Frequency'
While the dividend rate of a security (such as a common stock) may be in constant flux, the dividend frequency will rarely change.
Most equity investors are used to receiving quarterly dividends for the stocks that have instituted a dividend. Monthly dividends, although uncommon, can also be found, typically in securities or funds with extremely dependable cash flows.