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Company & Industry Information: SEC/Financial Information

This guide will help you compile a company or industry profile, including locating SEC financial materials and demographic information.

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Getting started...

Many companies are required to publicly disclose certain financial information.  The best place to look for this information is from the Securities & Exchange Commission.  The SEC website provides FREE access to company financial reports going back to the mid-1990s with the EDGAR database

You can also find financial information from commercial databases such as LexisNexis AcademicMergent Online, and CCH Intelliconnect.

In the drop-down menu under this tab, you will find more information, including:

See below for more general information on the SEC.

Secutities & Exchange Commission

What is the SEC?

The SEC is the federal government agency that oversees the enforcement and administration of federal securities laws.

The SEC has 4 divisions:

  1. Corporation Finance
    • Examines registration documents filed with SEC
    • Drafts most of the SEC rules and disclosure forms and guides
  2. Division of Trading and Markets
    • Oversees the operation of markets and broker-dealer registration
  3. Division of Investment Management
    • Oversees investment company and investment advisor registration
  4. Division of Enforcement
    • Conducts investigations and can intiate adminstrative procedures or court actions
    • Includes the Office of General Counsel and Office of Chief Accountant