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About EDGAR

Aug. 27, 2019

What is EDGAR?

EDGAR is the Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis, and Retrieval system used at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). EDGAR is the primary system for submissions by companies and others who are required by law to file information with the SEC. 

Containing millions of company and individual filings, EDGAR benefits investors, corporations, and the U.S. economy overall by increasing the efficiency, transparency, and fairness of the securities markets. The system processes about 3,000 filings per day, serves up 3,000 terabytes of data to the public annually, and accommodates 40,000 new filers per year on average.

Who has access to EDGAR’s information?

Access to EDGAR’s public database is free—allowing you to research, for example, a public company’s financial information and operations by reviewing the filings the company makes with the SEC. You can also research information provided by mutual funds (including money market funds), exchange-traded funds (ETFs), variable annuities, and individuals.

The Office of Investor Education and Advocacy has created a helpful guide to Using EDGAR to Research Investments.

What resources are available to help you file in EDGAR?

EDGAR provides a wealth of resources to help filers, including:

Who administers EDGAR?

The EDGAR Business Office (EBO) is the business owner of EDGAR. The office’s responsibilities include:

  • Governance and administration of EDGAR;
  • Strategic planning for EDGAR;
  • EDGAR filer support; and
  • Support for SEC staff with rulemaking and other development in EDGAR.
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