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Tips on working with 10-Ks and 10-Qs

For any business journalist—even if you don’t focus on finance—a public company’s 10-Ks (financial reports for the year) and 10-Qs (quarterly earnings reports) filed with

Journalists head to a pair of primary online sources for information on company finances. (Image by Coyot via Pixabay)

Where to find company finances online

There are two main places to look for public companies’ financial reports and related information on the internet: the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) website and,

Don't miss these red flags when read a company's financial reports. ("Red Flags" image by Rutger van Waveren via flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0)

Four common 10-K red flags

Public companies have many ways of making themselves look more stable and successful than might be the case. Pro-forma financial reports are one tactic that present a

10-K Filings Guide: Introduction

If you use just one document when writing about a public company, use the 10-K – the annual report that publicly traded companies file with

10-K Filings Guide: Basics

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10-K Filings Guide: Traps and Mistakes

Find what’s missing In general, 10-K filings are much more consistent across companies and even industries than the more free-form 10-Q. There can be some

10-K Filings Guide: Resources

Quite a few experts and organizations have written up quick (and not so quick) guides to using a 10-K. Each has slightly different emphasis —

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