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You Will Need
- Internet access
Go to the EDGAR website
Go to the EDGAR website at SEC.gov. Learn about EDGAR, the SEC's Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis, and Retrieval system. Public domestic companies are required by law to file certain forms with the SEC.
Read EDGAR Guide
Read the EDGAR Guide for Investors for an overview of available information. For example, a registration statement includes descriptions of a company's properties, securities for sale, management info, and financial statements.
Try Full-Text search
Try EDGAR's "Next-Generation" Full-Text search engine for company filings from the past four years. Enter a company name for a simple search, or do a more focused search by clicking on the "Advanced Search" option.
Read the FAQ for advanced full-text searches. If the FAQ doesn't answer your questions, send an e-mail to the address provided on the site for personalized help.
Try an advanced search
Try an advanced full-text search. With this option, you can search for broader company info by selecting a Standard Industrial Classification, such as Forestry or Bakery Production. You can also search for specifics via Central Index Key, or CIK, numbers.
Use the earlier search engine
Use the earlier generation EDGAR search engine for company electronic filings made as far back as 1994. This engine is keyword based and has less focus than the concept based Full-Text search engine. Soon, you'll have all the information you need to make wise investment decisions.