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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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The American was put on an intravenous drip and treated for dehydration after the four-and-a-half-hour marathon.
But she spent the remainder of her pregnancy in bed, with an intravenous drip hooked up to her arm for five hours each day.
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.
The Sale prop, who stands 6ft 4in tall and weighs 19st 7lbs, was hooked up to an intravenous drip for a week before being given the all-clear to face the French at the Stade de France on Saturday.
A rescuer inserts an intravenous drip to administer painkillers to a man who was trapped under a slab of concrete.
Two survivors were freed from the twisted railway cars, including 19-year-old Hiroki Hayashi, who had survived more than 22 hours of confinement with the help of an intravenous drip and drinking water.
The princess has been given sedatives and is being administered an intravenous drip in an intensive care unit, the agency said.
But that's exactly what Sampras did before going off to receive an intravenous drip for treatment of dehydration.
Just pounds 4 will fund a life saving intravenous drip for a sick animal in a Blue Cross animal hospital.
At the Denbighshire company's recent AGM chairman, Michael Fort told shareholders that the Zi Medical was anticipating the launch of a range of consumables to complement its fluid infusion devices, including its Red-Eye intravenous drip monitoring system.
Surviving only on an intravenous drip, Blaine reckons he will lose 45lbs by the end of the trick and will have to spend at least a month in hospital afterwards.
Most suspicion focuses on the intravenous drip system.

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