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SEC Filings: About SEC Filings

Use this guide to help find SEC Filings using USC databases, as well as online resources like EDGAR

What are SEC Filings?

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) was formed as a result of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 with the goal of protecting investors and restoring confidence in U.S. capital markets by providing more reliable information and clear rules of honest dealing.

SEC Filings are the company filings submitted to the SEC that are made public for investor use.

Which companies must file?

U.S. Companies that-

  • Trade securities on U.S. stock exchanges
  • Have more than $10 million in assets whose stock is held by more than 500 owners
  • Private companies with more than 500 shareholders or have made a public debt offering more than $1 million

Foreign companies that trade on U.S. stock exchanges.

Guidance on SEC Filings

Top SEC Filings

The below list includes some of the most frequently searched SEC filings. For a complete list of all SEC forms, see the SEC's Forms List.