Q. How do I find SEC filings using the EDGAR database?


What is it?

The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) requires publicly owned companies to disclose financial information in reports commonly known as SEC filings. The filings are primarily comprised of the following forms:

  • Form 10-Q, unaudited quarterly financial information
  • Form 10-K, audited annual financial information
  • Form 8-K, up-to-date preliminary earning announcements

Where is it?

The SEC maintains a database called EDGAR (Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis, and Retrieval) that enables users to search for filings by Company Name or Ticker.

To begin, go to the EDGAR webpage, https://www.sec.gov/

Locate the Company Filings search bar and type the desired company. The search will suggest from variations of company names.


Edgar search bar


The resulting page lists reports with the most recent at the top. Locate the latest Form 10-K (annual) or 10-Q (quarterly) and click the Documents button. 


Listing of SEC reports for Apple, Inc


On the resulting Filing Detail page, the table contains html views of sections of this form.

You may also click the Interactive Data button and click through the Financial Statements section in the menu.


EDGAR interactive menu showing financial statements


Learn how to use Mergent Online to find more information on SEC filings and other company financials here.

  • Last Updated May 16, 2018
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  • Answered By Matt Young

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