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Help With Financials
Sure, you know how to find raw financial numbers (use Mint, Orbis for that) but what if you need help figuring out what they actually mean?
There are a lot of helpful books for that.
They are located on the fifth floor:
Browse the HG4028.B area here (includes e-books) note: start with about #10 when you get there
Also helpful: Corporations - valuation
Research a Company's Financials
HINT: Risk Factors and Business Plans
Another way to get SWOT-type information:
1.Read 10-K risk factors for analysis.
The companies themselves will write risk factors in their annual report.
Annual reports are available on the company's internet site, through the SEC's Edgar database. The relevant section is 10-K 1A "Risk Factors."
2. Read S-1 forms for your business plan ideas.
When a company sells stock for the first time, it must file a s-1 form with the SEC. This form explains how the company will make money - its business plan!
Quickest way to do this:
Go to EDGAR (the SEC database) and
1. Search Most Recent Filings
2. Limit to S-1 Form
3. Avoid the S-1/A (amendment forms) and read S-1s all day.
Now, one thing you can also do is go to the advanced search screen and type in a keyword (insurance, computers, etc.) and s-1. This should get you closer to browsing S-1 plans in your field.