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Three Blogs That Dig Deeply Into Corporate Reports

In The Ticker's never-ending quest to pass on to our readers the most useful information we can find to help them understand the ongoing economic crisis and the way companies behave and how that impacts investors, we're making note of three very good financial blogs.

We dive into SEC filings occasionally here, with a feature we call Proxy Mining, the most recent of which reported that Citi's Vikram Pandit made $38.2 million in 2008.

But the following three blogs make a living of deep data diving:

-- Footnoted.org*: Run by financial reporter and editor Michelle Leder, this blog is nearly six years old. It focuses on aggressive accounting and other corporate skullduggery often buried in corporate reports. But its tone is light and informal, which makes it very accessible. Here's a recent post reporting AIG's filings this week, in which the troubled insurance giant is at least partially blaming the media for its plight.

-- Bailoutsleuth.com: Run by Chris Carey, a veteran newspaper business reporter, and written in a just-the-facts-ma'am style. Here's a post from this week on which small privately held banks have recently received government bailout money.

-- 10Q Detective: Written by David Phillips, a former brokerage analyst, this blog dives into corporations' SEC Form 8-K and 10-Q filings (both are regular status updates companies are required to file), looking for what he calls "soft spots" that may eventually impact earnings. Here's a recent post on Affymetrix, a company that makes devices used in genetic analysis.

-- Frank Ahrens
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By Frank Ahrens  |  May 14, 2009; 12:10 PM ET
Categories:  The Ticker  | Tags: 10-Q Detective, Bailoutsleuth.com, Chris Carey, David Phillips, Footnoted.org, Michelle Leder, Vikram Pandit, proxy  
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