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Definition of 'Stock Dividend'

A stock dividend is a dividend paid to shareholders in the form of additional shares of the company's stock. It is a way for companies to return some of their profits to shareholders without having to pay out cash.

Stock dividends are often used by companies that want to keep their stock price from rising too quickly. When a company pays a cash dividend, the stock price typically goes up by the amount of the dividend. This is because investors are willing to pay more for a stock that is paying a dividend. However, when a company pays a stock dividend, the stock price does not typically go up. This is because the new shares of stock are issued at the same price as the existing shares.

There are two main types of stock dividends:

* **Regular stock dividends** are paid on a regular basis, such as quarterly or annually.
* **Special stock dividends** are paid less frequently, such as once every few years.

Stock dividends are taxed as ordinary income, which means that they are taxed at the same rate as your other income.

There are a few advantages to receiving a stock dividend instead of a cash dividend. First, stock dividends can help you to increase your ownership in the company. This can be beneficial if you believe that the company's stock price is going to rise in the future. Second, stock dividends can be used to diversify your portfolio. If you already own shares of the company, receiving a stock dividend will give you more shares of the company, which will help to reduce your risk.

However, there are also a few disadvantages to receiving a stock dividend. First, stock dividends can be taxable. Second, stock dividends can dilute your ownership in the company. If the company issues a large number of new shares, your ownership stake in the company will be reduced.

Ultimately, whether or not a stock dividend is a good thing for you depends on your individual circumstances. If you are looking for a way to increase your ownership in a company or to diversify your portfolio, a stock dividend may be a good option. However, if you are concerned about taxes or dilution, you may want to consider receiving a cash dividend instead.

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