SEC Filings: Forms You Need to Know

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Introduction

The U.S. government enables investors to get a clear view of a company's history and progress, and a glimpse of its future, through a set of required filings. These filings are registration statements, formal and periodic reports and other forms that are provided to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Let's take a look at the SEC filings available to investors and what they can tell you about a company.

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