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Dividend Reinvestment Plan

A practice or agreement in which dividends on a security are used to buy more of the same security rather than be disbursed to the investor in cash. A dividend reinvestment plan is relatively common in mutual funds; investors agree to use dividends and other capital gains to reinvest in more shares of the mutual fund. While this involves assuming more risk in the mutual fund, it carries the possibility of higher returns.
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Dividend reinvestment plan (DRIP).

Many publicly held companies allow shareholders to reinvest dividends in company stock or buy additional shares through dividend reinvestment plans, or DRIPs.

Enrolling in a DRIP enables you to build your investment gradually, taking advantage of dollar cost averaging and usually paying only a minimal transaction fee for each purchase.

Many DRIPs will also buy back shares at any time you want to sell, in most cases for a minimal sales charge.

One potential drawback of purchasing through a DRIP is that you accumulate shares at different prices over time, making it more difficult to determine your cost basis -- especially if you want to sell some of but not all your holdings.

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Preventive use of antibiotics via oral paste, gastric tube and intravenous drip reduced the number of deaths by 3.5%.
The man was initially given insulin shots, but because his condition did not improve, an intern decided some 10 days later to administer insulin to him through an intravenous drip, the hospital said.
But Mori recovered by Sunday after receiving a shot, an intravenous drip injection and other medicine, a government official said.
Nick, who studies his blood under a microscope at home, takes regular injections of ozone to keep his blood cells perky and he hooks himself up to an intravenous drip, which feeds a cocktail of 13 minerals and vitamins into his bloodstream.
The singer has been hooked up to an intravenous drip in a bid to replenish fluids, but she uploaded a snap of herself in a hospital bed on her Twitter page and apologised to her fans for cancelling the show.
One received antibiotics by mouth, while another was given antibiotics by mouth and also through a tube into the stomach and by an intravenous drip. The third group underwent standard intensive care unit care without antibiotics.
After telling nurses she was going to take a bath, she pulled out an intravenous drip and left.
And once in, large people find it extremely difficult to get out again, so if you happen to have a window seat for a 12 hour non-stop flight to Singapore, make sure you go to the loo before you get on board and refuse all drinks during the trip or arrange for an intravenous drip and a catheter.
Medical workers tried to help a man trapped under a slab of concrete that left only his hand visible, giving him painkillers through an intravenous drip.
Twice a week he has an intravenous drip containing vitamins and amino acids, the so-called building blocks of life.
"(AUM members) poured chemicals into a flask bearing a round-shaped bottom and dropped isopropyl alcohol into the flask as if administering an intravenous drip. Then the chemicals began producing sarin gas," Nakagawa said.
Conrad Murray, who is accused of giving Jackson Propofol that led him to his death, was thought to be hoping that the actress' evidence would clear him of charges and prove that the pop star knew how to hook him up to an intravenous drip.

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