September 22, 2018

Using The Edgar Database To Find Sec Filings

For those who are interested in investing in the stock exchange markets one of the first things you need to know is how to do the research necessary to choose a winning stock. A good place to start are EDGAR SEC Filings.

Edgar Sec Filings

We know some folks just throw a dart at a list or listen to a stock market guru of some sort but neither of those is recommended for the serious investor. Sure, your broker better know what he is talking about but shouldn’t you also know what he is talking about?

While throwing a dart at a list of companies may be a fun way to choose between investment opportunities it is not really recommended unless of course you want to lose your money. To make wise and winning investments there are things that you should know about the companies you are considering.

With that in mind you should take a short trip over to the SEC or Securities Exchange Commission website and introduce yourself to EDGAR.

The SEC and its filings were created as a direct result of the stock market crash in 1929 to develop the trust needed to allow investors to once again be free to invest in the many businesses on which our economy operates. With that in mind the SEC requires certain information to become public knowledge about any company that will be traded. This encourages trust and discourages fraudulent practices.

EDGAR or Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis, and Retrieval is the SEC’s data base of documentation. You see by law any company that wishes to trade securities on the open market must file certain public disclosure forms with the SEC. These forms guarantee that investors are able to see certain information about a company including financial records so that the investor can make an informed decision about whether or not investment in that particular company is a good idea.

The majority of the data files with the EDGAR system reach back to 1994 when the computerized data base was put into effect and includes but is not limited to:

Financial Reports

Annual reports: Form 10-K of the system is the amended annual report for the company.

Quarterly reports: Form 10-Q includes information pertaining to a company’s quarterly reports

Other reports: Form 8-K includes press releases and any company announcements

Proxy statements: Both the preliminary and definitive proxy statements including any merger agreements and plans as well as any other items to be put to vote.

Form 4: This is the Statement of Change in Beneficial Ownership report

Form SG 13G: a form which shows a company’s stake in another company

The information to be found on the EDGAR system includes much more information than is listed here. Just about any question you may have about a company you are considering investing in can be answered by looking over the right form.

The SEC Filings EDGAR data base may seem a little difficult to use at first but if you take the time to check out the tutorials you will soon be surfing it like a pro. Just remember that using the EDGAR is free and it is not possible to break it so you can mess around until you get the hang of it all you want.

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