World News: 15:02 GMT Wednesday 15th May 2019. [Yahoo Business News Feed via SPi World News]
If regular dividends are the bread and butter of income investors, then special dividends are the icing on the cake, making the investment that much sweeter. These "one-time" payouts are used for several reasons ... and occasionally, they are paid out more than just one time.Companies sometimes pay special dividends to share windfall profits, either from exceptional earnings or a gain on an asset sale, with investors. However, other stocks will use special dividends consistently as a way of supplementing a modest regular dividend with income based on their operational results. These distributions can swell in boom times and recede during tighter years.Special dividends frequently fly under investors' radar because financial databases don't track them well. They're not included in calculating dividend yield, because they're not regular programs. But these payouts are cash all the same and can add significantly to shareholder wealth - in some cases they increase the annual yield several times over.Here are 14 stocks with special dividends to watch. Not all of them are buys at the moment. But given past precedent and current financial standing, the potential for more special dividends is in the cards, making them all stocks to put on your radar. In many cases, these stocks pay regular distributions as well. SEE ALSO: 33 Ways to Get Higher Yields (Up to 12%!)
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