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Government Information : Business and Economics: Securities and Exchange Commission

Business resources from the Government


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 companiesread 10-K (annual) and 10-Q (quarterly) and other reports. Not all documents filed with the SEC are available on EDGAR. 


How to Read a 10-K

If you want to follow or invest in an U.S. Company go to the Company's annual report on Form 10-K which offers you a detailed account of a Company's business. Click on the Link to get detailed information regarding this.


The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is mainly responsible for implementing a series of regulatory initiatives required under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.

The "mission of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is to protect investors, maintain fair, orderly, and efficient markets, and facilitate capital formation."

Laws that Govern the Securities Industry

Securities Act of 1933

Known as "truth in securities" law, the Securities Act of 1933 has two main objectives:

  • "require that investors receive financial and other significant information concerning securities being offered for public sale; and

  • prohibit deceit, misrepresentations, and other fraud in the sale of securities."


Introduction to the Markets

How the markets work, the role of the SEC, why invest, shareholder voting.

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Investing Basics

Risk tolerance, asset allocation, stocks, bonds, mutual funds, avoiding fraud.

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