Financial Reporting and the SEC
Prior to beginning work on this assignment, read Chapter 10: Reporting and Analyzing Liabilities, Chapter 11: Reporting and Analyzing Stockholders’ Equity in your course text. Visit the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) EDGAR | Search tools web page.
In an 8-to 10-page paper double-spaced paper (not including the title and reference pages) research and discuss the SEC’s company filings requirements. In your paper:
Describe how investors can use the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) EDGAR | Search tools web page to quickly research a company’s financial information filed on Forms 10-K and 10-Q.
Identify the differences between the Annual Report sent to shareholders and the Annual Report on Form 10-K, which must be filed with the SEC.
Describe the contents of the Form 10-K SEC filing include the following elements:
Management Discussion and Analysis
Selected Financial Data
Discuss how the SEC’s requirement for domestic and foreign companies using US GAAP to provide their financial statements in the XBRL format can improve financial reporting?
Most publicly traded companies are examined by numerous analysts. Locate analysts’ ratings about a company of your choice by visiting a website such as Yahoo Finance. Provide a comparison over time and across companies in the same industry by answering the following questions:
How many analysts rated the company?
What are analysts predicting in terms of earnings and revenues?
How do the estimates compare against historical results?
How do the growth projections for the company compare with the average projections for the S&P 500?
The Financial Reporting and the SEC paper
Must be 7 page paper double-spaced pages in length (not including title and references pages) and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center’s APA Style resource.
Must include a separate title page with the following:
Title of paper
Course name and number
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