Topic: Risk Factors

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Walgreen worries about public option…
October 27, 2009—With the news yesterday that some form of the public option for healthcare appears to be moving forward, we can probably expect more companies to start including warnings like Walgreen (WAG) did in the 10-K it filed yesterday: The Federal government has been considering proposals to reform the U.S. health care system. These proposals may […]

The SEC and BAC/Merrill: Round 32?
September 22, 2009—Late yesterday, the SEC put out a brief statement to let everyone know that despite what you may have read recently from Judge Jed Rakoff’s unhappiness with the SEC’s offer to wipe away the Merrill bonus disclosure problem with a $33 million fine, it planned to “vigorously pursue” its case against Bank of America (BAC). […]

More details emerge on Amazon Zappos deal…
September 15, 2009—Late yesterday, Amazon (AMZN) filed an amended S-4 over its deal to purchase Zappos that adds a new level of intrigue to the much-talked about deal that we last footnoted here when the initial S-4 came out. Just to refresh your memory, there was lots of speculation that Zappos’ VCs had forced the company to […]

On Nathan’s and Coney Island…
June 12, 2009—Being a Brooklyn girl, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to take a closer look at Nathan’s (NATH) 10-K. Back when I was a science geek (instead of an SEC filings geek), I spent two summers working at the New York Aquarium in Coney Island and wound up eating at Nathan’s more than a few […]

Live blogging/tweeting House Fin Services hearing
June 11, 2009—This morning, we’re listening in on the House Financial Services Committee hearing on Compensation Structure and Systemic Risk. Right now, most of the members are making opening statements and to say that these canned statements don’t instill a lot of confidence in government and our elected officials would be a mild understatement. Rep. Judy Biggert […]

Piracy in the filings…
June 4, 2009—Back in April, the world was captivated by the Somali pirates who took over the Maersk Alabama and were holding its Captain, Richard Phillips, hostage. While we all know how the story ended — Phillips was rescued by Navy Seals, three of the pirates were killed and a fourth is likely to stand trial in […]

AIG: Blame the negative publicity…
May 8, 2009—Journalists really can’t catch a break. The daily tales of more layoffs, unpaid furloughs and magazine closings (including Portfolio, which ran a monthly footnoted column). But now there’s this: those darn journalists are responsible for the problems at AIG (AIG). We’ll borrow a line from our friend, Jeff Matthews: we are not making this up! […]

Live blogging Mary Schapiro speech at SABEW
April 27, 2009—Mary Schapiro just started speaking to the Society of American Business Editors and Writers convention in Denver. I’ll be posting highlights here: 12:54: Final question on what SEC is doing to make sure that those thousands of complaints are winding up on the right desk and how that’s being coordinated with regional offices. Says she […]

Target’s interest in musical instruments…
April 23, 2009—Trying to keep up with the near-daily filings by Target (TGT) and Bill Ackman’s Pershing Square is no easy task. In two separate filings, the hedge fund has compared the company’s corporate structure to the “Third World and dictatorships” and described the board’s structure as “suboptimal”. Target, in turn, has described Ackman’s proxy contest ” […]

On moving Valentine’s Day to stimulate the economy…
February 17, 2009—So, Saturday night was Valentine’s Day. And lots of people no doubt went out for dinner to celebrate the day, or, perhaps, just because it was a Saturday night which has always been a popular night to go out for dinner. And therein lies the problem: when Valentine’s Day falls on a Saturday night, that’s […]