Writer's Guide to Government Information

Resources to inject real life detail into your fiction

EDGAR Company Filing Search (SEC)

EDGAR Company Filing Search (SEC) – http://www.sec.gov/edgar/searchedgar/companysearch.html

Representative questions that can be answered with this resource:

  • How much did the CEO of AT&T make in 2011?
  • What business risks did Microsoft disclose about itself in 2013?
  • What publicly registered companies deal in toys and hobbies?


Free search of companies required to file statements with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Database may be searched by company name, stock (ticker) symbol, file number, state, country or Standard Industrial Code (SIC). The SIC code stands for the industry a company operates in and a link to the code list is provided.

Some companies have a lot of subsidieries, so you might need to poke around for awhile. Once you’ve selected your company of interest, you’ll have a list of documents. A company’s annual report is called a 10-K and has a good deal of information about a given company’s operations and risk environment. For information about other forms, see Researching Public Companies Through EDGAR: A Guide for Investors, discussed elsewhere.

This resource will be helpful in setting fictitious CEO compensation or choosing models for companies in stories set in the corporate world.


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