Research Public Companies Through EDGAR: A Guide for Investors

This is a great introduction to resources that you can use to research any public company. All public companies must report their financials; quarterly reports, end of year tax forms, changes in top management, and so on. If you ever need to look up a company, this will give you the tools you need to navigate the public records system.


E. Executive Compensation

1. Where can I find information about the compensation of a company's officers? Our "Fast Answer" entitled Executive Compensation describes the types of executive compensation and where disclosures are made in SEC filings.

The easiest place to look up information on executive pay is the annual proxy statement.

Definitive proxy materials generally are identified in EDGAR as form types DEF 14A. For filings in compliance with the changes to the disclosure provisions adopted in 2006, investors should look at the Summary Compensation Table and the Compensation Discussion and Analysis.