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99% of what is important in U.S. business must be filed at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
But much of what is filed is not very important.
SEC Info helps you quickly find what is important to you.
Our information is not just about securities, it is business intelligence about public companies and their owners.|
SEC Info is not simply about finding SEC Filings. It is about extracting the useful information in SEC Filings and organizing it to make it easily accessible to you. We do this in many ways, to save you time and effort.
SEC Filings by themselves are static stand-alone documents. SEC Info’s artificial-intelligence parsing engine understands the content and context of SEC Filings, and it does two things: It parses the content of Filings and, understanding context, updates our “entity” database, the most sophisticated SEC Filings database in the world. It then “webifies” the Filings’ Documents, by adding billions of links, so that, if you are reading a Document and encounter a reference to another Filing or to something in our database, you can click to get more information.
The database itself is what our site, essentially Our App, is built upon. Most of the pages in Our App relate to information from our database, allowing views of data aggregated from many Filings. Only a few pages handle the displaying of Filings’ Documents that have been “webified” by us. Other sites allow you to see static Filings, but have no way to find information in them or get to related Documents. Our goal is to save you time finding the information you want, and getting you quickly to useful information you may not otherwise know exists.
Having the database also allows us to offer Other Services to address your individual information needs. We can provide personalized pages tailored to your unique situation, with customized queries and presentation formats. We can also provide proprietary data sets, which you can import into your own database. Please see Our Demos.
Our App is free for 99% of our 500,000+ users. We support it by asking our most frequent users to pay for it. Here are Some of Our Clients↓ who have recently payed to use Our App and the Other Services we offer...
|•||An EDGAR Filings Feed that’s faster and cheaper than the SEC’s Public Dissemination Service (PDS)|
|•||Mailing Lists and many other specialized Data Sets, including proprietary details on all SEC Filing Agents|
|•||Data Sets tailored to your unique needs, delivered with customized criteria and presentation formats [ see Demos↓ ]|
|•||Proprietary Data for your research projects, e.g., the time any Filing was first viewable at the SEC’s website|
|•||Financial Data (from Filings with XBRL) |
|•||Application Program Interfaces (APIs), so you can directly access our extensive database|
|•||SEC Filings integrated seemlessly into the Investor Relations section of your website|
|If interested in a custom solution for your information needs, please contact us via our Help page.|
|Here are some example Demos of custom Apps that we have developed for Some of Our Clients:|
|SEC Info is the first (earliest) non-governmental recipient of Filings from the SEC’s EDGAR Filings System↓. Using our sophisticated proprietary software, we get, disseminate and publish Filings quicker than anyone else. Our software enables us to offer an EDGAR Filings Feed that is faster and cheaper than the SEC’s own PDS. Here’s how it works...|
Since the mid-’90s, the SEC has “pushed” new Filings in real-time to subscribers and websites, such as ours (in 1997), through their PDS system. The SEC’s EDGAR and PDS systems have always been run by small private companies (currently Attain, LLC, for the PDS) on a contract basis independently from the SEC website itself, which is run internally by SEC staff. Prior to 2015, the SEC Filings flow operated in this manner:
|As such, each subscriber would receive the Filings from the PDS system and do their own processing of them prior to the public being able to view the Filings. In the case of the SEC website, its processing of a Filing has always taken about a whole minute on average (really!), depending on the type and size of the Filing, between when the EDGAR system “accepts” a Filing and when the Filing shows up on ‘www.sec.gov’ for public viewing. Further slowing public access to the Filings, the SEC website uses yet another contractor for security and scaling purposes (Akamai Technologies, who in turn uses Amazon Web Services) to receive the Filings and deliver them to the public, so that the public never really “touches” the SEC’s Web servers. This obviously gave quicker subscribers, such as us and other institutional ones, an advantage over the public in terms of more-timely access to the information in Filings. Someone in the public eventually noticed this and complained, so the appearance of “unfairness” caused Congress in 2014 to have the SEC change this situation, whereby the slower SEC website no longer functions as a peer to other subscribers of the PDS feed. As stated on the SEC website, the PDS system “was updated to reflect modifications to the EDGAR system to ensure that EDGAR filings are available to the public on the SEC website before such filings are made available to the public dissemination system [sic] (PDS).” The new Filings flow now operates in this manner: [ see the EDGAR Filings System↓ ]|
We at SEC Info saw this as an opportunity to offer to PDS subscribers something closer to the way it used to be. We modified our system to directly “hit” the SEC website 2-6 times per second for new Filings (the SEC permits this for users’ browsers and search engines’ “robots,” and we are extremely careful in operating within their published rules concerning this). This enables us to then “pull” new Filings faster (asynchronously, on a multi-threaded basis) than waiting for the delayed communication from the SEC website back to the PDS system, after a Filing is publicly viewable, and then pushed out by the PDS system to subscribers. Furthermore, the PDS system has always been inherently “slow,” as we have been told that the Filings are pushed out to subscribers serially (non-asynchronously) in random order, to not give any one PDS subscriber a systematic time advantage over another. In contrast, our quicker system now works like this, in parallel to the now-delayed PDS system:
|New Filings ⇒ EDGAR ⇒||www.sec.gov ⇒ The Public ⇒ PDS ⇒ Subscribers of the SEC’s “push” PDS|
|[ see Option 1 below ]||www.sec.gov ⇔ www.secinfo.com ⇒ Subscribers of our “push” Filings Feed|
|[ see Option 2 below ]||www.sec.gov ⇔ Subscribers using our “pull” Filings Feed software|
Therefore, users of our website can see new Filings and receive e-mailed new-Filing notifications within seconds of their appearance on the SEC website, and we can deliver to subscribers of our EDGAR Filings Feed service what we believe is a better (faster and cheaper) service than the PDS. Because we are pulling the Filings immediately, at the rate of about one second per 2-10 MBs of a Filing’s size, instead of waiting for them to be pushed to us, we have most Filings within 1-2 seconds (in the same second for small ones!) of when they become publicly viewable. Since we’re querying the SEC website for new Filings 2-6 times per second, and the PDS system isn’t supposed to transmit them to subscribers until the public (including us) can get them, then the new Congressionally-mandated Filings flow would be “broken” if the PDS system pushed a Filing to subscribers before we had it, by definition. Having dealt with SEC Filings for over 20 years, we can further guarantee that the Filings we deliver are an exact match (down to the byte) to those available on the SEC website and from the PDS system. Additionally, we can include the time stamp (down to the second) that each Filing became publicly viewable on the SEC website, a data item in our extensive database that no one else has, including the SEC (because they lose that file-system metadata when they replace their Web servers every few years or so).
We offer three ways that new Filings can be delivered to subscribers of our EDGAR Filings Feed service:
|• Option 1: Push to you...||We can push the Filings to you, just as the PDS system does, but in the same second that we pull each from the SEC. The easiest way is by using the FTP protocol. Also, since we have the Filings before pushing them to you, we can do specialized processing of them, such as normalizing the binary content to make it easier for you to parse them, or adding time stamps metadata to them (such as when a Filing was placed on the SEC website or when it was first publicly viewable) or filtering out Filings you’re not interested in. Customized services such as these are not available from the PDS, because the SEC does not allow their PDS contractor to offer any. Without filtering, 3,000 Filings and 5 GBs are filed on an average day, and up to 12,000 Filings (every 2/14/yy) or 34 GBs (11/27/19) on high-volume days. The average Filing size is 1.8 MBs and the largest Filing has been 536 MBs. To ensure that you receive all Filings, our end-of-day processing finds other Filings (mostly low-priority delayed-release ones) that got onto the SEC website outside of their real-time new-Filings subsystem, and they will be sent to you the same second we have them for our own website. To see an example of the files you would have received on an average day, download our .zip Folder (1.1 GBs!) containing 11/4/19’s 3,237 Filings. The documentation for the Filings’ content is on the SEC website in the EDGAR Public Dissemination Service (PDS) Technical Specification (PDF), but be aware that it contains many mistakes on almost every page. With Option 1, we keep a one-week backup of all Filings pushed to you, for easy FTP access in case your server goes down and you don’t receive all Filings we attempt to push. (The PDS only retains the most-recent two days of Filings.)|
|• Option 2: Pull from SEC...||We can have you run the same software that we wrote and run to pull the real-time new Filings from the SEC. It queries the SEC website’s new-Filings subsystem that tracks the most-recent Filings filed, so it retrieves 100% of the Filings that flow through that subsystem. They represent 99±% of all Filings, since that subsystem doesn’t report the low-priority delayed-release ones (such as SEC Filing-deletion notices). Our software runs only on Windows. Having coded parts of Windows for Microsoft as Finnegan O’Malley & Company Inc. (our software development company), we’re a Windows shop, and we can tell you how to see Fran Finnegan’s (owner of SEC Info) name hidden in every version from Windows 95 through Windows 10 and Windows Server 2019.|
|• Option 3: Options 1 & 2...||You can get the best features of both Options 1 and 2, plus redundancy. For backup purposes, this is like buying both a primary feed and a secondary feed from the PDS, but we price it cheaper than buying a single feed from the PDS. With Option 3, you can use Option 1 to have us push Filings to one server (running Windows or another OS) and use Option 2 to pull Filings to a different server (running Windows). The redundancy is attained by having two sites (ours, pushing Filings to you, and yours, pulling Filings from the SEC) and optionally by you having two Filings-receiving servers.|
In terms of pricing, we can provide Option 1 or 2 service to you for 2/3rds the price that the PDS charges for a single feed, so $1,267 per month, saving you $7,602 per year (2020 pricing). We can provide Option 3 redundant service to you for 2/3rds the price that the PDS charges for both primary and secondary feeds, so $1,694 per month, saving you $10,164 per year. And our Option 3 redundant-feed price is lower than the PDS’s non-redundant single-feed price!
For historic SEC Filings (all since 1994, even further back than the PDS’s 1996 cut-off), we offer all the same file subsets that the PDS does, plus any other customized subset you might want, and we also sell them for 2/3rds of what the PDS charges, which would save you thousands of dollars. Here are recent full-year quantities:
We deliver the historic data on external USB disks. Ours is a true set of Filings in the same binary format that flows out of the EDGAR system to the PDS, unlike the Filings you would get if you downloaded the historic daily .zip files from the SEC website, an incredibly slow process due to SEC-imposed bandwidth restrictions. Remember that the SEC website gets the original Filings before they allow the PDS to release them, and that they then do their own processing of the Filings that alters them for compactness before they zip them, so their zipped Filings are indeed different (e.g., no PDS Control Block nor EDGAR Acceptance Timestamp) than those you would get from the PDS or us. You would have to write separate software (an added cost) to process the files in the .zip folders, which are binarily different than the format the PDS and we disseminate.
If price is not an issue and you’re still thinking of using the more-expensive SEC PDS contractor, please be aware that there’s nothing proprietary (they didn’t write the PDS software) nor “official” (they’re not the SEC) about them, because they’re just a government contractor in Washington, DC. They were simply the winning bidder in the last contracting cycle to manage the off-the-shelf software (FASTCopy) that the PDS uses, and there have been several of them since EDGAR was created: TRW, Systems and Information Technology Group, Digital Island, Keane Federal Systems, NTT DATA and now Attain, LLC. The SEC allows them to directly charge subscribers for their PDS feed, at SEC-mandated prices, to get a lower bid from them to run the PDS system. They’re not selling you any SEC Filings content that is different than what we have.
If our lower price is still an issue and you find another Filings-feed supplier (there used to be some out there), they would be offering you what is the riskiest and slowest possible way to receive real-time new Filings. That’s because they would be operating as a “PDS reseller,” meaning that they would be inserting themselves between the PDS (or another PDS reseller!) and you, doing exactly what the PDS does software-wise:
|New Filings ⇒ EDGAR ⇒||www.sec.gov ⇒ The Public ⇒ PDS ⇒ PDS reseller(s) ⇒ Subscriber (you)|
|Since that is risky (multiple points of possible failure) and slow (multiple identical delaying server hops), the only reason you would use them is because of their price. If you show us their quote, we’ll provide a better service for 2/3rds of their price (or, if theirs is below ours, a negotiated price lower than theirs), because...|
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|•||The federal agency responsible for enforcing U.S. Securities Laws|
|EDGAR is...||•||The SEC’s Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis and Retrieval system|
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