Corporate reports can provide important information for investors by, for example, telling you whether a company is making money or losing money and why. You'll find this information in the company's quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, annual reports on Form 10-K, and periodic reports of significant events on Form 8-K.

It's usually easy to find information about  publicly reporting companies from the companies themselves, newspapers, brokerage firms, and the SEC. By contrast, it can be extremely difficult to find information about privately held companies.

To invest wisely and avoid investment scams, research each investment opportunity thoroughly and ask questions.

You can get corporate reports from the following sources:

Other Types of Information

To find out whether a company has been cleared to sell its securities in a particular state in the case of a privately held company, and whether  any company is in good standing, you can contact the following:

  • Your state securities regulator  Contact the North American Securities Administrators Association to get the name and phone number of your state securities regulator to see if the company has been cleared to sell securities in your state and to find out about the people behind the company.
  • The Secretary of State where the company is incorporated  You can find out whether the company is a corporation in good standing and has filed annual reports with the state generally through the secretary of state where the company is incorporated. Check the National Association of Secretaries of State's web site for a list of most secretaries of state.


If you have questions about what happens when a company declares bankruptcy, you can get information from our brochure on bankruptcy.