What is Form 10-K?

Definition of Form 10-K

Form 10-K is a required annual report filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) by U.S. corporations whose common stock is publicly traded.

It is common for a corporation's Form 10-K to contain 100 pages of information much of which is presented under the following headings:

  • General information on the business, risk factors, and legal proceedings
  • Management's Discussion and Analysis of Results of Operations and Financial Condition
  • Financial Statements and Supplementary Data

Sophisticated investors will study a corporation's Form 10-K.

Example of Form 10-K

You can review a Form 10-K by doing an online search for a corporation with publicly-traded shares of common stock. On the corporation's website, select Investor Relations, and from that page select Annual Reports or Reports to SEC.

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