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

For help utilizing EDGAR see this quick tutorial.

10-K Report

How to Read a 10-K

If you want to follow or invest in a U.S. company, go to the company's annual report on Form 10-K which offers a detailed account of a company's business.

Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)

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."

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 Investing

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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The University of Toledo
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Toledo, OH 43606 USA
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