Report Ex-Dividend Date Question in Investment in general Posted June 8, 2013 @ChumpusRex: Many thanks for your reply. I learn a lot from you. You mentioned there is also a "record date", which is a couple of days after the ex-dividend date. Does that mean if my purchase transaction cannot be completed by that day, I am still not eligible for dividend? Does buying at the day prior to ex-dividend date guarantees dividend payment? Many thanks.