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EDGAR: The Investor's Guide to Making Better Investments

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Techniques of the pros for getting fast, free, and valuable data using the SEC's Web-based EDGAR system

More than one million investors each week rely on the SEC's EDGAR (Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis, and Retrieval) system to learn what is really going on inside publicly traded companies. But because the dense boilerplate and legalese is often more arcane and confusing than informative, many come away with little useful information.

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Overview

Techniques of the pros for getting fast, free, and valuable data using the SEC's Web-based EDGAR system

More than one million investors each week rely on the SEC's EDGAR (Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis, and Retrieval) system to learn what is really going on inside publicly traded companies. But because the dense boilerplate and legalese is often more arcane and confusing than informative, many come away with little useful information.

EDGAR: The Investor's Guide to Making Better Investments shows investors how to quickly find—and interpret—the data they need. Explaining how to look for essential facts in obtuse SEC filings, this do-it-yourself investor's handbook discusses:

  • Methods for starting out and using EDGAR
  • How to understand what is—and isn't— being said
  • Methods for quickly finding key information
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071410380
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 5/1/2003
  • Pages: 260
  • Product dimensions: 6.32 (w) x 9.36 (h) x 0.97 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Pt. I Where The Truth Can Be Found 1
1 The Role of the Securities and Exchange Commission 3
2 What is EDGAR? A Day Spent Watching the Filings Accumulate 20
3 Annual Reports: Getting Past the Fluff 31
4 Key Measures of Financial Strength 44
Pt. II Analyzing the Key Reports 61
5 Form 10-K: Getting to the Meat of the Matter 63
6 The 10-K Financials: The Acid Test 99
7 Checking up on the Directors and Executives 126
8 New Offering in Town: the Registration Statement and Prospectus 157
9 Combine the 10-Q for the Latest Quarterly Developments 204
10 The 11-K: Employee Savings and Investments 219
11 The 8-K: Reporting Significant Changes and Developments 229
12 Gems on the Web: Other Sites to See for Vital Stock Research 237
Appendix 245
SEC Offices 245
Useful Telephone Numbers at the SEC 247
SEC Directory 249
Principal Offices 249
Complete Alphabetical List of SEC Publications 251
Index 253
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