EDGAR: The Investor's Guide to Making Better Investments

EDGAR: The Investor's Guide to Making Better Investments

by Gene Walden
     
 

How to Use the SEC's EDGAR System to Get Unbiased Corporate Information—At Any Time, From Any Computer, Wherever You Are

Company information that used to take thousands of research hours to obtain—if you could get it at all—is now available immediately through the SEC's Web-based EDGAR (Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis, and Retrieval)

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How to Use the SEC's EDGAR System to Get Unbiased Corporate Information—At Any Time, From Any Computer, Wherever You Are

Company information that used to take thousands of research hours to obtain—if you could get it at all—is now available immediately through the SEC's Web-based EDGAR (Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis, and Retrieval) system. But while EDGAR makes it simpler to get that information, understanding how to use and profit from it is another matter.

EDGAR: The Investor's Guide to Making Better Investments is today's most thorough guidebook for using EDGAR to dramatically improve your investment decision making. Focusing on the document types that comprise the bulk of EDGAR along with key phrases to look for to interpret what those documents are really saying, this unique and user-friendly book features:

  • Step-by-step techniques for accessing and using the EDGAR system
  • Helpful tips for understanding what is—and isn't—being said
  • Navigational tips for quickly locating key forms and facts

Corporate executives and spin doctors will often tell the business press virtually anything to win over the public. What they're required to tell the SEC, however, is a different matter. Let EDGAR: The Investor's Guide to Making Better Investments show you how to get instant access to the corporate data and information that really matters, and help you eliminate Enron-style surprises from your investment portfolio.

"The vast library of information on EDGAR on every publicly-traded company in America is your window into the operations, management, growth prospects and financial performance of these companies. But first you must learn to navigate the nonrecurring charges, depreciation, amortization, and inventory write-downs to get to the essence of its operations and prospects for growth. This book will show you the way..."—From the Introduction

Reliable information is every investor's most valuable ally. And since 1995, the SEC's EDGAR (Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis, and Retrieval) system has provided investors with access to registration statements, SEC filings and reports, and other essential information for virtually every public company in the United Sstates. But while market pros have come to rely on EDGAR for the complete, unvarnished truth on what really goes on behind corporate walls, individual investors are often unsure where to look—and what to look for—in the dense boilerplate and legalese of these documents.

EDGAR: The Investor's Guide to Making Better Investments shows you in clear, straightforward language how to use EDGAR to find and interpret the data and information you need. Before you invest in any company, look to this do-it-yourself investor's handbook to:

  • See firsthand the subtle nuances that often escape the market's radar—and tell the real story of a company's potential to succeed or fail
  • Use little-known search engines and sort-and-find functions to uncover the information you need as an investor
  • Apply the tricks and shortcuts that analysts, journalists, and lawyers use to simplify their EDGAR data searches

In today's environment of back-office shenanigans and outright corporate fraud, the SEC's EDGAR system provides do-it-yourself investors and investment professionals with the information they need to make sensible, informed financial decisions. Use EDGAR: The Investor's Guide to Making Better Investments as your detailed roadmap through this versatile and accessible system, and let it help you keep the next Enron-style disaster from doing substantial and irreparable damage to your portfolio.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780071410380
Publisher:
McGraw-Hill Companies, The
Publication date:
05/01/2003
Pages:
260
Product dimensions:
6.32(w) x 9.36(h) x 0.97(d)

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