The free webinar, “SEC Filings Master Class,” took place Nov. 13-15, 2012.
Michelle Leder, who makes her living unearthing news in SEC filings, will help you feel more confident in your SEC-document sleuthing. In three one-hour sessions, you’ll enhance your ability to spot red flags in SEC filings.
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
- At least four things to look for in Form 10Ks that can result in good stories
- At least four things to look for in proxies that can result in good stories
- At least four things to look for in Form 10Qs that can result in good stories
For each of the documents below, Leder will point out at least four key things to watch for that can produce good stories. She’ll offer examples of stories that have been done, point out where to find these types of stories in the fine print of the SEC document and offer attendees a chance to practice finding the news themselves.
- Hour One: Form 10-K, or the annual summary of the company’s performance, is filed within 60 days of the end of its fiscal year.
- Hour Two: Proxy, or Schedule 14A, provides information to shareholders before the annual meeting. It includes executives’ compensation.
- Hour Three: Form 10-Q, or the quarterly summary of the company’s performance, is filed within 35 days of the end of each of its first three fiscal quarters. This session will also touch on other key filings.
Michelle Leder launched Footnoted.com (originally Footnoted.org) in 2003 to take “a closer look at the things that companies try to bury in their routine SEC filings,” according to the website. Its launch coincided with the release of her book, Financial Fine Print: Uncovering a Company’s True Value. Morningstar bought the site in 2010, but Leder bought it back in 2012.
Check out the resources below. At your own pace, you can walk through the self-guided lesson on tips for digging deeper into SEC filings.
A longtime presenter for the Reynolds Center, Michelle Leder spent 10 years as a reporter and editor at daily newspapers in Florida, Connecticut and New York before launching a freelance career and the Footnoted website. She holds a degree in economics from Brandeis University.
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