Savvy investors keep track of what’s happening in the financial world. The Internet, newspapers, magazines, business periodicals, television and radio news broadcasts provide easy access to information about the global economy and the markets.
Additional information about a specific company can be found online and in a company’s annual report and other important financial statements they are required to file with the SEC, such as quarterly reports and insider transactions. When considering an initial public offering of a stock, a prospectus is an important document to review.
Finding Information on the Internet
Financial websites such as Euronext.com allow you to enter a stock symbol and get information about the issuer, including its current price (15 minutes delayed) and past performance. If you don’t know a company’s ticker symbol, or mnemonics, which is its shortened name in capital letters (like ML for Michelin or OR for L’Oréal), the websites can help you to look it up. You can also keep track of news stories, see performance graphs, and get other data about a company.
If you don’t know a company’s ticker symbol, the websites can help you to look it up. You can also keep track of news stories, see performance graphs, and get other data and information about a company.
Many such websites also offer links to the corporate homepages or investor-relations pages of the issuer’s corporate website, where you will find even more information, such as investor fact sheets, management backgrounders, descriptions of any direct investment programs and Regulatory filings, including annual reports.
Reading Annual Reports: What the Numbers Mean
A company’s annual report is required reading by some financial regulators, such as the Autorité des Marchés Financiers (AMF) in France or the Commission Bancaire,
Financière et des assurances (CBFA) in Belgium.The annual report is an important document to help you evaluate a company’s financial health. When considering an initial public offering of a stock, a prospectus is an important document to review. These documents are very useful for individual investors and you can get an easy access to them.
Most annual reports include:
Statement of Changes in Financial Position. This statement deals with working capital — money used on daily operations of the company. The statement, which may compare several years, shows how much working capital was available, and how it was spent.