Using SEC Filings to Identify Risk Factors
Michelle Leder is the founder and editor of footnoted.com, a free website that analyzes company SEC filings. I spoke with Michelle recently about things investors should watch for when reading company reports.
Charles Rotblut, CFA
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Charles Rotblut (CR): Could you explain what the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission) filings are and which filings investors need to pay attention to?
Michelle Leder (ML): There are a couple of key filings that investors need to pay attention to. And just to be clear, these are filings that investors really need to be paying attention to if they own individual stocks. And when I say “if you own individual stocks,” I mean if it’s a significantly large position for you. If you own a relatively small number of shares, then perhaps you don’t need to spend much time with these filings. But if it’s a significant position for you, I think that it makes sense to read some of these key filings, or at least certainly to skim them.
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