Countries and global securities exchanges all have different company filing and financial disclosure requirements. In the United States, the U.S. SEC is the agency regulating publicly traded companies on U.S. stock exchanges and releasing their required filings.
Below are corporate filing depositories from major world government entities and securities exchanges.
Access to U.S. SEC filings are also available through Kresge's D&B Hoovers, Mergent Online, Bloomberg, and Intelligize
Franchise Disclosure Statements
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) requires that all franchises provide a Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD) so that the prospective franchisees understand the investment risks and obligations. A few large franchises are exempt from filing.
This FTC Franchise Rule (16 CFR Parts 436 and 437) requires the FDD to contain 23 specific items of information about the offered franchise, its officers, and other franchisees. Required disclosure topics include:
For a summation, see Entrepreneur Magazine’s article on how to read a financial disclosure statement.
Twenty-one U.S. States have the authority to regulate franchises and a few of them offer access to the actual FDD filings:
Must know the exact legal franchise name to retrieve FDDs. Consult the International Franchise Association’s identifier
Canadian Securities Administrators – SEDAR ; 1997 to present
Countries and their securities exchange have different company financial disclosure requirements. To locate filings and documents:
Locate HKEXnews -> Listed Company Information
Locate Securities -> Company Information -> Annual Reports & Related Documents
Shanghai Stock Exchange (English)
Locate Listings or Disclosure