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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

10-Q filings tell a business reporter plenty about a company's financial health. (Calculator image by Alexander Stein via Pixabay, CCO Public Domain)

10-Q essentials

The 10-Q, a publicly traded company’s quarterly report filed with the SEC, is a multi-purpose tool. You can use it to break news, to get a

Reading a 10-Q calls for patience—and a highlighter. ("Pens at Work" image by "Jenny" via Flickr, CC BY 2.0)

Beginner’s guide to 10-Q

Like all corporate filings, the 10-Q tends to present company information in the best light possible. It is written by accountants and lawyers, which means

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,

10-Q Filings Guide: Introduction

If you want to understand how a company is doing, the answer is often close at hand, in its most recent quarterly report. MEET THE

10-Q Filings Guide: Basics

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10-Q Filings Guide: Resources

FINDING AND SEARCHING SEC FILINGS The SEC’s Edgar database is free and relatively simple. Start with the company search page to find a particular company’s

10-Q Filings Guide: Traps and Mistakes

Like all corporate filings, the 10-Q tends to present company information in the best light possible (though there’s plenty of bad news that companies can’t


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