Definition of 8-K

Financial Terms Beginning with 0-9

What is a Form 8-K

An 8-K is a report, submitted to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), of unscheduled material changes of a publicly traded company that may be of importance to the shareholders of the company or the SEC.

Is an 8-K a Required Filing

The SEC requires all public companies to file periodic financial statements and other disclosures. An 8-K is one of these required filings.

When is an 8-K Filed

An 8-K filing will occur between the filings of the Form 10-K or Form 10-Q.

Why is the 8-K Important

The 8-K report is an important filing since it provides public notice of events, which include acquisitions, bankruptcy, resignation of directors or a change in the fiscal year.

Glossary of Terms and Phrases

A financial dictionary or glossary is an essential tool to better understand the meaning of a specialized term or phrase. It would obviously make life much easier if everyone spoke the same language and used the same financial terms and phrases but that is not realistic.

We learn new languages to communicate with each other, transact business globally and to appreciate other cultures. Global finance is a specialized language that if understood and mastered, it will provide benefits that help to decrease risk and improve investment returns. Financial literacy is the foundation of developing good investment strategies and sound decision making.

Related Investment Terms

Form 10-K

Schedule 13D

Form 144

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