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Our dividend and distribution policy is to pay out substantially all net investment income and realized capital gains. The amount of net investment income and capital gains may vary significantly from year to year.

It has been our policy to make two payments to holders of Common Stock each year. A cash payment is generally made at mid-year, and a distribution consisting primarily of realized capital gains is generally paid at year-end. Stockholders are generally given the option of receiving the year-end distribution either in additional share of stock or in cash, at their election. We have paid dividends every year since 1955.

The chart below summarizes dividends and distributions since 1990.



Declaration
Date
Record
Date
Payment
Date
Amount/
Share
Reinvestment
Price
 
2017
5/24
6/13
6/27
0.20

 
2016
11/3
11/14
12/21
0.78
$21.42
5/25
6/14
6/28
0.20
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2015
11/4
11/17
12/22
1.78
$19.64

5/20
6/9
6/25
0.20

 
2014
11/5
11/18
12/22
1.55
$22.13

5/21
6/10
6/24
0.20

 
2013
11/5
11/19
12/26
3.50
$20.97

5/22
6/11
6/25
0.20

 
2012
12/17
12/28
1/16
0.20


11/5
11/15
12/21
0.54
$19.20

5/23
6/12
6/26
0.20

 
2011
11/3
11/14
12/21
0.80
$20.72

5/25
6/10
6/28
0.20

 
 
 
 
 
 
2010
11/2
11/12
12/22
0.70
$20.95

6/16
6/25
7/12
0.20

 
 
 
 
 
 
2009
11/3
11/13
12/23
0.55
$17.19
 
5/20
6/5
6/19
0.10

 
 
 
 
 
 
2008
12/17
12/30
1/13
0.14

 
11/4
11/14
12/23
2.12
$16.96
 
5/14
6/6
6/20
0.20

 
2007
11/6
11/16
12/27
2.20
$26.40
5/16
6/8
6/22
0.20

 
2006 11/7 11/17 12/27 2.02 $24.24
5/16 6/6 6/23 0.20
 
2005 11/3 11/14 12/27 1.80 $22.50
5/18 6/7 6/24 0.20
 
2004 11/2 11/12 12/27 1.17 $21.06
5/19 6/8 6/25 0.15
 
2003 11/4 11/14 12/29 1.28 $19.20
5/12 5/30 6/20 0.12
 
2002 11/5 11/15 12/26 1.15 $16.10
5/15 5/31 6/21 0.10
 
2001 11/6 11/16 12/26 1.45 $21.75
5/17 6/1 6/22 0.35
 
2000 11/7 11/17 12/27 3.85 $30.80
5/17 6/2 6/23 0.50
 
1999 11/3 11/12 12/22 2.40 $24.00
5/19 5/28 6/15 0.20
 
1998 11/3 11/13 12/21 1.74 $21.75
5/20 6/5 6/26 0.20
 
1997 11/3 11/12 12/19 2.22 $28.86
5/14 6/6 6/27 0.20
 
1996 11/7 11/15 12/27 1.45 $23.20
5/15 6/7 6/28 0.20
 
1995 11/6 11/17 12/27 1.78 $19.58
5/17 6/9 6/28 0.15
 
1994 11/7 11/18 12/28 1.46 $15.33
5/18 6/7 6/28 0.15
 
1993 11/4 11/16 12/27 1.50 $15.00
5/19 6/4 6/25 0.10
 
1992 11/5 11/17 12/28 0.76 $9.88
5/20 6/5 6/29 0.10
 
1991 11/4 11/15 12/27 0.60 $8.70
5/15 6/7 6/28 0.10
 
1990 11/5 11/16 12/27 0.60 $7.20
5/16 6/1 6/29 0.10