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The course textbook is Doupnik, T. and Hevtor Perrera, International Accounting, 3rd edition, McGraw-Irwin, 2012. (ISBN:9780078110955). A copy is on reserve at Dewey Library and may be borrowed for up to 2 hours at a time.

Other course readings are contained in a Casepack. See the course syllabus on the 15.S04 Stellar site for details.

Intro to global company filings

Financial reporting requirements vary from country to country. Some basic tips to keep in mind when looking for company financials...

Public companies:

  • Financials are reported in most countries but methods of disseminating these financials vary widely.
  • In the US and Canada, public company filings are available for free via their regulatory agencies' websites, EDGAR and SEDAR, respectively.
  • For other countries, public company filings are often available only for a fee.
  • In many cases, the quickest way to access a public company's financials is to visit their website directly.

Private companies: Financials are reported in only some countries.

MIT Libraries does not subscribe directly to regulatory agencies' fee-based web-sites. We DO subscribe to several third-party resources which derive financial information from company filings.



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