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Fire Your Stock Analyst!: Analyzing Stocks on Your Own by Harry Domash

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Appendix A. How to Read Financial Statements

The SEC requires that public corporations submit financial statements four times a year (quarterly). Quarterly reports (10Q) must be filed within 45 days of the end of each quarter, and a 10K (annual) report is required within 90 days of the end of the company’s fiscal year.

The SEC reports are filed in electronic format and are immediately available on the SEC’s EDGAR database (www.sec.gov). Anyone can access the SEC database directly, but it’s easier to use a third-party site such as SEC Info.

Data services such as Core Data and Reuters compile the EDGAR data into more user-friendly formats for display on major financial sites. These reports typically display the five most recent quarters or years ...

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