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U.S. Company Annual Reports

Investment was once something thought of as what rich people do. Today, investing plays a key role in the financial well-being of millions of Americans. The Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA®) has stated, “the growth in individual investor participation has risen from 30.2 million U.S. shareowners in 1980 to 84.3 million in 2002.” According to a survey published by the Investment Company Institute and SIFMA® (at time of publication the Securities Industry Association), the latter figure encompasses 49.5 percent of U.S. households. Yet, how many of these investors really know the ropes when it comes to making the right investment decisions? Woefully few, laments the Oregon Department of Consumer & Business Services’ Division of Finance & Corporate Securities, noting that, “Less than one-fifth of those [Americans, who may or may not have been investors] polled passed a simple test asking whether stocks, bonds, savings accounts or certificates of deposit offered the best return over the last 20 years.”

So what can you do to avoid becoming financial fodder when it comes to investing your money? As with any positive result, the proper tools are essential. Club EWI, which will provide you with access to many articles and services for free, is one such tool. Annual reports, another powerful investment tool, offer a wealth of information to the savvy investor about individual companies and their financial condition.

In the past it had been necessary to purchase annual reports to review information in a timely manner if you did not already own company stock. You may still obtain information on a company or fund by contacting the investor relations department and requesting that a copy of the most recent quarterly or annual report be sent to you via traditional mail. Today annual reports can often be obtained online by visiting companies’ corporate websites. There are even easier ways to obtain company annual reports.

Follow links to the right to learn more about U.S. company annual reports from websites that offer many online free annual reports. At the left margin, Related Links address topics of interest pertaining to information, resources and services for investing and trading in the stock, bond, commodity and real estate markets. View the Stock & Bond Investing SiteMap for a complete list of stock, equity and bond investing topics.

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