A dividend is a cash payment to shareholders of a company, from its profit.  Dividends may be paid at the end of a company's financial year, or halfway through the year. 

A dividend payment made halfway through is known as an interim dividend. One made at the end of a financial year is called a final dividend. 

A company can also decide to pay dividends, from one time profits such as profit made from the sale of an asset. This is known as a special dividend. 

Bamboo shows the latest dividend paid to each company on its Information Page

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