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Dividends on M1
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M1 automatically handles and processes your dividend payments.

By default, cash dividends payments are paid to your account’s cash balance and invested according to your Auto-invest settings. You may select alternative handling options by adjusting your dividend handling settings.

You can view your received dividends by navigating to the Activity tab in your account and filtering “Activity type” to only display dividends.

Qualifying for a dividend

You’re eligible to receive the upcoming dividend for a security if you own it before its ex-dividend date.

If you purchase a security on or after the ex-dividend date, you won’t receive the upcoming dividend.

The date you receive the cash dividend payment is the payment date. Dividends are always considered earned before they are paid.


  • Stock ABC has an ex-dividend date on 1/15 and a payable date of 1/25.

  • Stacy bought a share of ABC on 1/14, and Eddie bought a share of ABC on 1/15.

  • Stacy is owed the dividend and Eddie is not. Stacy’s dividend will appear as earned between 1/15 and 1/25. Stacy will be paid the dividend on 1/25.

Negative dividends

If you see a dividend in your account activity with a negative dollar value, that’s an American Depositary Receipt (ADR) fee.

ADRs allow U.S. investors to invest in foreign securities. When you own an ADR, a custodian oversees the ADR and maintains the records.

The custodian collects the dividends paid out to the foreign issuer, converts them into US dollars, and deposits them into your account. The custodian charges a fee for all these services and this fee is called the ADR fee.

Cash distributions that are not dividends

Some securities distribute cash during the year, but this money is not considered dividends. Examples of these payments are partnership distributions, royalties, and return of capital. These types of cash distributions are often treated like dividends when they’re paid, but they may be reported on different sections of your tax form.

All examples above are for informational purposes and should not be considered an offer to buy or sell certain securities. M1 does not provide investment advice.

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