EDGAR is the Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis, and Retrieval system that automatically collects, validates, indexes, accepts and forwards submissions by companies and others required by law to file forms with the SEC.
You can research public companies, read 10-K (annual), 10-Q (quarterly), and other reports. Not all documents filed with the SEC are available on EDGAR.
The SEC is mainly responsible for implementing a series of regulatory initiatives required under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.
"The SEC protects investors, promotes fairness in the securities markets, and shares information about companies and investment professionals to help investors make informed decisions and invest with confidence."
Known as "truth in securities" law, the Securities Act of 1933 has two main objectives:
prohibit deceit, misrepresentations, and other fraud in the sale of securities."