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Types of Companies

It is important to know if your company is public, private, or a subsidiary of a larger company. Use a directory to determine this.

Public companies are the easiest to research because they are required to provide detailed information in an annual report and CSA filings. For further research also check analysts' reports , news stories, books and case studies.

Private Companies are not required to release any information and are therefore more challenging to research. Brief information can be found in directories, news stories, and sometimes books.

Information on International  Companies varies. If a company trades on the U.S. exchanges it must file annual reports (20-F) with the SEC. Try directories, databases, newspapers and magazines.


Company Information

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Annual Reports

 An Annual report provides a company's annual review by highlighting  products and services as well as its marketing and strategic plans and financials

You can find public company financial information from the annual reports in SEDAR (Canada) or  the 10Ks in EDGAR (U.S.).


Company Web sites often have a section called "annual reports,"  "company information," "investor relations," or "financial information"

Company Legal Information

Search for references to legal cases regarding a company:

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