The Securities & Exchange Commission

Helpful information provided by the SEC


The SEC EDGAR System
All major U.S. public companies are required to file a variety of quarterly, annual, and special reports with the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC). The companies make these filings via the SEC's Electronic Data, Gathering, Analysis, and Retrieval (EDGAR) system which is available to investor online courtesy of the SEC. The SEC's EDGAR system provides a very valuable (but very detailed) comprehensive source of information for investors. Unfortunately, information on an individual company is quite difficult to locate without extensive experience with the system.


Some helpful links provided by the SEC:



SIPC Exposes Phony "Look-Alike" Web Site

Analyzing Analyst Recommendations

When Your Brokerage Firm Fails: Alerts from NASD and SIPC

Stock Market Fraud "Survivor" Checklist

The Fleecing of Foreign Investors: Avoid Getting Burned by "Hot" U.S. Stocks

Prime Bank Fraud Information Center

Broken Promises: Promissory Note Fraud

Identity Theft: Learn How To Protect Yourself

Affinity Fraud: How To Avoid Investment Scams That Target Groups

Investment Risks — Federal Trade Commission Alert


Internet Fraud: How to Avoid Internet Investment Scams

“Mutual-to-Stock” Conversions: Tips for Investors

Pump&Dump.con: Tips for Avoiding Stock Scams on the Internet

Nigerian "Advance Fee Fraud" Schemes

Variable Annuities: What You Should Know (also in PDF)

Fraudulent Telemarketers: How to Avoid Scams - Federal Trade Commission Alert

CFTC Warning About Foreign Currency Trading Frauds

Mini-Tender Offers: Tips for Investors

Cold Calling: Unsolicited Calls from Brokers

So-Called Limited Edition U.S. Treasuries

Fraud in the Sale of Unregistered Securities of Telecommunications Technology Ventures