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In a three-page research paper discuss how the SEC’s EDGAR | Search Tools improves how investors find and use financial information. In your paper,
· Explain how investors can use the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) database at EDGAR | Search Tools (Links to an external site.) to research a company’s operations and financial information.
· Assess the financial performance of Amazon.com, Inc. (AMZN) by determining the risk of investing in the company through financial statement analysis. To make the above assessment and determination, go to Amazon’s.com (Links to an external site.) official website, and locate the company’s Investor Relations link. Using the Investors Relations link, find financial information such as SEC Filings and Annual Reports.
· Conclude how investors can assess Amazon’s.com financial performance and risk using Annual Reports.
· Explain the content of each report listed below in detail and how it relates to your assessment of Amazon’s.com financial performance. 
o Form 10-K SEC filings
o Annual Reports
o Management Discussion and Analysis
o Management’s Responsibility for Financial Reporting
o Management’s Report on Internal Control over Financial Reporting
o Auditors’ Report
o Selected Financial Data
Amazon.com, Inc. (AMZN) is the world’s largest electronic commerce and cloud computing company measured by revenue and market capitalization. The following items were adapted from a recent Annual Report of Amazon.com (Links to an external site.) for the year ending December 31:
In millions
1.                     Accounts payable
$16,459
2.                     Accounts receivable
5,612
3.                     Cash
14,557
4.                     Cost of sales
62,752
5.                     Income tax expense
167
6.                     Interest expense
210
7.                     Inventories
8,299
8.                     Net cash provided by operating activities
6,842
9.                     Net cash flows used for investing activities
(5,065)
10.                 Net sales
88,988
11.                 Other expense
118
12.                 Other income
76
13.                 Property, plant, and other long-term assets
16,967
14.                 Selling, general, and administrative expenses
26,058
15.                 Retained earnings (Dec. 31)
2,190
Indicate on      which financial statement you would find each of the preceding items using      the following notations (note: an item may appear on more than one      statement): 
IS Income       statement
SE Statement of       stockholders’ equity
BS Balance       sheet
SCF Statement       of cash flow
Prepare an      income statement for the year ending December 31, based on the com, Inc.      financial statement data shown above.

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