On December 30, 2014, the SEC introduced a pilot program intended to simplify investor analysis and comparisons of public company financial statement data. The new program will organize data provided by companies into structured data sets which can be used for bulk downloads on the SEC’s website by investors. The SEC anticipates that such data sets will be expanded in 2015 to contain data in footnotes to the financial statements.

Examples of financial statement structured data sets are available at:

http://www.sec.gov/dera/data/financial-statement-data-sets.html.