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Use this guide to locate information about business

Public or Private Companies?

Do you know the difference?

Private companies

  • do not sell stocks to the general public
  • are not required to share financial information

This can make it difficult to research private companies.

Public companies

  • sell stocks to the public in the stock market
  • are required to file financial reports to the SEC

This makes is easier to research public companies.

Databases and Websites for Company Research

Company Websites

  • Don't forget to see what information a company chooses to disclose about itself online
  • For public companies, look for links to information for investors.