EDGAR (Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis, and Retrieval) is an online public database from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). EDGAR performs automated collection, validation, indexing, acceptance, and forwarding of submissions by companies and others who are required by law to file forms with the SEC.

EGAR’s primary purpose is to increase the efficiency and fairness of the securities market by accelerating the receipt, acceptance, dissemination and analysis of time-sensitive corporate information filed with the SEC. A secondary purpose of EDGAR is to provide transparency in the marketplace by making documents that have been filed quickly available to investors over the Internet.

Certain filings must be submitted electronically through EDGAR.Such filings, which can be looked up in Regulation S-T, will not be accepted in paper format unless they satisfy the requirements for a temporary or continuing hardship exemption. Other filings may be submitted electronically on E DGAR or by paper, at the option of the filer.

See also: e-filing.

This was last updated in March 2012

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