Ford Motor Company's website lists historic stock dividend data, which includes the cut-off date a stockholder is eligible for the upcoming dividend (also known as the record date), the date of payment, and the dividend amount per share. Morningstar also includes the upcoming dividend date in its database of company records.
Ford is traded on the NASDAQ exchange, and the NASDAQ website offers a convenient dividend calendar tool. An investor can type in the company's exchange symbol, and the ex-date as well as the payment date of the next dividend are posted. The ex-date is also included in Morningstar's record of the company's stock. The ex-date is important for potential investors anticipating receipt of the next scheduled dividend.
An investor must have his purchase settled by the record date, but in addition, his purchase must be made before the ex-dividend date, as outlined on the SEC website. The ex-dividend date is governed by the exchange, in this case NASDAQ. Historically, Ford dividends have been paid quarterly with the exception of a hiatus between July 31, 2006, and Jan. 27, 2012. After speculation in the press, Ford announced a dividend increase on Jan. 9, 2015. The announcement was followed by a rise in Ford's share prices. The ex-date was Jan. 28, and the record date for that payment was Jan. 30. That dividend was paid on March 2.