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Monday, October 31, 2011

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) posts the full text of relevant statutes, regulations, releases, litigation including briefs by the SEC, and EDGAR, a database that provides public access to certain mandated forms submitted to the commission by public companies.

Statutes

The SEC provides information regarding major securities acts
Regulations

Proposed, Final, and Temporary Regulations are posted along with various notices and releases as well as public petitions for rule making. Staff interpretations and similar internal documents designed to provide guidance but are not considered authoritative are also available on the Commission's website.

Documents Related to Litigation

The SEC makes its enforcement actions, briefs, commission opinions, SEC Rules of Practice along with other documents available from its website. The SEC's Administrative Law Judge initial decisions (1960-current) and orders (1996-current) are also available.

EDGAR

The Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis, and Retrieval System (EDGAR) provides access to certain forms filed by public companies as required by the Securities Exchange Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, such as the 10-K Form (Annual) and 10-Q Form (Quarterly). A list and descriptions of the different forms are on the SEC's website.

More Information

See the research guide on the SEC's website for more information.

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