The Securities and Exchange Commission is planning to release EDGAR 18.3 in October 2018. The EDGAR Filer Manual (Volume II) will also be updated to Version 48 with this release. These changes will take effect on October 1 if approved (for non-rule based changes; see the SEC Final Rules posted here for rule-based changes and their implementation dates).Continue reading "SEC to Release EDGAR 18.3" »
Friday, September 07. 2018
Friday, August 31. 2018
Last week, we discussed how to add page breaks into the page break template with a Legato script. As useful as that is, without a way to delete them or rename them, the function isn’t really complete. To do that, we’re making a page break manager this week. This will give us a new menu option, “Modify Page Break Templates”, which lets us manage our stored page breaks.
Continue reading "LDC #100: Page Break Template Manager, Part 2" »
Tuesday, August 28. 2018
The Securities and Exchange Commission announced that in fiscal year 2019 the fees that public companies and other issuers pay to register their securities with the Commission will be set at $121.20 per million dollars.Continue reading "SEC Fee Rate Advisory #1 for Fiscal Year 2019" »
Friday, August 24. 2018
This is a script I’ve wanted to write for a while, because it makes it significantly easier to use custom page breaks in GoFiler. For a long time, GoFiler has supported page break style templates, which let you save and customize a list of page headers and footers. Using this script, you’ll be able to add, remove, and edit entries in that template file without having to edit the HTML.
Continue reading "LDC #99: Page Break Template Manager" »
Wednesday, August 22. 2018
On August 20th, the SEC adopted amendments to improve transparency in the municipal securities market by better informing investors about the current financial condition of issuers of municipal securities and obligated persons. These amendments concern Rule 15c2-12 of the Securities Exchange Act and focus on the material financial obligations that could influence an issuer’s liquidity, overall creditworthiness, or an existing security holder’s rights.Continue reading "SEC Adopts Rule Amendments to Improve Municipal..." »
Monday, August 20. 2018
On August 17th, the SEC voted to approve amendments to certain disclosure requirements that have become duplicative, overlapping, or outdated. These changes were proposed in light of other disclosure requirements, modifications to US-GAAP, or developments in the information environment. The SEC is also referring to the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) particular disclosure requirements that overlap with but require information incremental to GAAP. These requirements will be considered for incorporation into US GAAP.Continue reading "SEC Adopts Amendments to Simplify and Update..." »
Friday, August 17. 2018
Language directives allow you to change the code the programming language sees when it runs. We’ve talked a little bit about directives before, but today I will take a look at a subset of directives: conditionals. Conditionals allow a programmer to add or remove sections of code based on the existence of other directives. This means that it’s easy to build larger suites of code while allowing sections of code to be taken out without causing errors during runtime.
Continue reading "LDC #98: Conditionals, If You Want Me To" »
Friday, August 10. 2018
Everyone in the EDGAR industry has experienced the customer who wants to know what the filing deadline is. For most companies the deadlines are easily found using a search engine. But what happens when your customer has an unusual fiscal year end? You can scramble to figure it out or you can just plug numbers into this week’s blog script does all the date calculations for you.Continue reading "LDC #97: Creating a Filing Calendar" »
Friday, August 03. 2018
Various forms of data compression are employed all over the computing world. In many instances, you may need to read compressed data or create your own. This article is the first in a series about data compression and the tools available within Legato. We will start with an overview and then dive into the ubiquitous zip method by creating a little program to zip a project.
Continue reading "LDC #96: Data Compression - Part I" »
Wednesday, August 01. 2018
The SEC proposed rule amendments on July 24th to simplify and streamline the financial disclosure requirements applicable to registered debt offerings. These debt offerings are for guarantors and issuers of guaranteed securities, as well as for affiliates whose securities collateralize a registrant’s securities. The proposed amendments pertain to Rules 3-10 and 3-16 of Regulation S-X.Continue reading "SEC Proposes Rules to Simplify and Streamline..." »
Monday, July 30. 2018
On July 18th, the SEC announced it will adopt amendments to Regulation ATS to enhance operational transparency and regulatory oversight of alternative trading systems (ATSs). This pertains to such systems that trade stocks listed on a national securities exchange (NMS Stock ATSs).Continue reading "SEC Adopts Rules to Enhance Transparency and..." »
Friday, July 27. 2018
This week, we’re going to take a closer look at a script that’s been in GoFiler for a while as a base script, but has been through several revisions. This script, the Endnotes to Footnotes converter, takes endnotes in an HTML file and moves them to the appropriate page in the HTML file. These endnotes are common if you have a Word file that has been converted to HTML, that had footnotes in it. They are often converted as endnotes, and putting them back where they belong can be annoying if you have to do it manually.
Continue reading "LDC #95: Endnote to Footnote Mapper" »
Wednesday, July 25. 2018
On July 18th, the SEC issued final rules to amend the Securities Act Rule 701. Rule 701 provides an exemption from registration for securities issued by non-reporting companies pursuant to compensatory arrangements. The amendment increases the threshold of aggregate sales price or amount of securities sold in excess of which the issuer is required to deliver additional disclosures from $5 million to $10 million, in accordance with the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act.Continue reading "SEC Adopts Final Rules to Modernize Offerings..." »
Friday, July 20. 2018
Legato is an extremely powerful tool that allows you take control of GoFiler by helping you to automate tasks and giving you new features. In addition to Legato, GoFiler also includes a command line API, allowing you to perform some tasks without fully opening GoFiler. You can combine these features together to have GoFiler run Legato scripts from the command line interface. This means that your possibilities are actually endless for what you can accomplish. Today we are going to discuss extending your control over GoFiler by using the Windows command line to communicate directly with Legato, allowing you to write scripts that can span multiple computers.
Continue reading "LDC #94: Taking Command Of GoFiler" »
Friday, July 13. 2018
For this week’s blog we are going to shift from our usual discussions of what you can do with Legato to instead discuss how to make efficient Legato code. Like many scripting languages, in Legato you as the programmer typically do not need to worry about memory as the language takes care of a lot of it behind the scenes. That being said, you shouldn’t always ignore memory considerations when you write scripts. Doing so may result in a bad user experience or, even worse, unexpected failures. In this blog we will discuss some of the common pitfalls and how to avoid them.
Continue reading "LDC #93: Managing Memory in Legato" »