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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.


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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Pyone Moe Ei, the medical assistant, had spent three hours on Friday afternoon at Suu Kyi's house and has requested permission for a return visit on Saturday to renew the intravenous drip, he said.
According to investigations, the woman used a syringe to inject contaminated water into an intravenous drip hooked up to her fifth daughter at the hospital's intensive care unit between Monday and Tuesday.
Medical staff initially administered the drug Gelofusine through an intravenous drip but this drug was later mistakenly replaced with Lignocaine, South Staffordshire coroner Andrew Haigh heard.
The A-Rod was scheduled to play for the USA in the Davis Cup against Romania last night, but he fell ill during Friday's opening rubber and had to be put on an intravenous drip in the immediate aftermath of his defeat to Romanian Andrei Pavel.
Some drugs took some 96 hours to administer by intravenous drip, and he spent the following year in and out of hospitals.
JENNIFER CAPRIATI was distraught and Justine Henin-Hardenne was on an intravenous drip after the most spectacular women's semi final the US open memory.
He died because an oxygen tube became blocked by a cap from an intravenous drip.
But that is like arguing that the intravenous drip needed by a heart patient should be stopped because it has not cured the heart condition.
Tsujimoto entered the hospital in the morning and received an intravenous drip infusion, her office said, adding she was treated on an outpatient basis, as there are currently no beds available in the hospital.
Eight of the 13 trials administered the SAM-e by intravenous drip or injection.
All were allowed to self-administer morphine after surgery, through an intravenous drip from a computerized pump.
Devices such as intravenous drip monitors, dialysis machines, MRI machines, and EKG monitors are but a few of the more than 20,000 pieces of equipment we will be testing and making compliant.

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