A financial executive, James Kasim has a wealth of experience working with public companies in all aspects of financial reporting and regulatory compliance. Previously a senior manager at Ernst & Young, James (Jim) Kasim managed the company's form 10-K filings that were sent to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
Form 10-K is a detailed report of a public company’s performance submitted annually to the SEC. The SEC requires public companies to file form 10-Ks either 60, 75, or 90 days after the close of the fiscal year, depending on the size of the company.
A 10-K contains important information and is much more comprehensive than an annual report to shareholders. Information for the 10-K includes:
- Risk disclosures. Information about the risk and threats to a company is particularly useful to investors who want to know if the company is facing problems such as lawsuits or bankruptcy.
- Copies of financial statements. These include income statements, balance sheets, and statements of cash flow, which indicate the health of a business.
- Company operations. These are details on how the company does business and makes money.
- Accounting policies and procedures.
- Certifications from senior management and an independent auditor that the books are accurate and lack material deficiencies.
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