How can you research the risks facing various companies? Grab a company's 10-K report, which is issued once a year along with its annual report. These documents detail a company's financial and operational progress and also address risks facing the business.
For example, peruse the 10-K of coffee giant Starbucks
Delivery maven FedEx
A Ford Motor Company
Finally, here's another example -- just a small snippet addressing some of many risks faced by Apple Computer
Together, these should give you an idea of the kind of candid information that companies offer in their financial reports, for those who bother to look for these details. There's a wealth of valuable information in the 10-K.
All companies have risks. Don't let them scare you away, but do consider them.
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