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Analyze Company Risk Factors from SEC Reports with AI Using custom NLP model and chatGPT

Analyzing Company Risk from SEC Reports with AI: Custom NLP and chatGPT

JUIN 6th, 2023

In today’s complex business landscape, organizations face a multitude of risks that can impact their operations and bottom line. Identifying and analyzing these risks, known as risk factor analysis, is crucial for effective decision-making and risk management strategies by investors. Traditionally, this process has relied heavily on manual efforts, often prone to errors and time-consuming. However, with the advent of AI technologies such as deep learning models, organizations now have the opportunity to leverage its power to enhance their risk factor analysis capabilities.

The “risk factors” section found in the 10-K report holds immense value in shedding light on critical areas that often escape the attention of many investors. While the majority of the content consists of standard risk disclosures, it is the insightful examination of factors such as new regulations and laws, market risk, macroeconomic conditions, that unveils hidden complexities.

In this tutorial, we delve into the key steps involved in training a custom AI model that identifies risk factors from SEC 10-K reports and integrating it into a workflow that analyses the results using chatGPT. We also highlight the importance of human-in-the-loop review for refining the model’s predictions and ensuring the accuracy of extracted risk factors.

Let’s get started!

Extracting Item 1A from 10-K Reports

For this tutorial, we are interested to extract relevant entities from the Risk Factor section (Item 1A) in the 10-K report. To do so, we use the Extractor API offered by sec-api.io which will provide us the raw text of the section we are interested in. A free API key is available here: https://sec-api.io/signup/free

Make sure to install the sec-api:

					!pip install sec-api

And run the following script to download Item 1A section:

					from sec_api import ExtractorApi

extractorApi = ExtractorApi("YOUR API KEY")

filing_url = "https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1318605/000156459021004599/tsla-10k_20201231.htm"

section_text = extractorApi.get_section(filing_url, "1A", "text")

Labeling and Training Custom AI Model

1. Zero-Shot Labeling

In order to train a custom AI model that identifies the relevant risk factors, we need to label some examples for the model to learn from. The most time consuming and tedious part of the labeling process usually happens at the start of the project when there’s insufficient labeled data to train the first iteration of the AI model. This is particularly prevalent in situations where new categories or classes are introduced, for which there is no pre-existing labeled data.

However, with the emergence of Large Language Models (LLMs), Zero-Shot Labeling (ZSL) has proven to be an excellent way to circumvent the cold start problem. Zero-shot labeling refers to classifying new unseen documents into classes based on the model’s in-context learning capabilities.

For this tutorial, we are interested to extract the following entities from the text:


We are going to upload 55 chunks of risk factors extracted from 10-K documents and label them using UBIAI annotation tool. UBIAI is an automated labeling tool that supports both zero-shot and few-shot labeling, here are the main features:

LLM assisted labeling with zero-shot and few-shot labeling using OpenAI’s GPT 3.5 Model
Model training and fine-tuning of deep learning models
Model-assisted labeling using fine-tuned models
Team collaboration
OCR Annotation
To enable zero shot labeling, simply go to the Models menu in the annotation page and press Add new Model. Once done, click on settings and select number of example equal to 0. Which means, we are going to perform zero shot labeling based on the description of the entities alone without providing any examples:

Analyze Company Risk Factors from SEC Reports with AI Using custom NLP model and chatGPT

Few shot labeling configuration window.

Here is the output of the zero-shot labeling:

Analyze Company Risk Factors from SEC Reports with AI Using custom NLP model and chatGPT

Zero-shot labeling in UBIAI

Although we haven’t provided any examples to learn from, the GPT model was able to extract many entities correctly. But there are still some erroneous extraction that we still need to correct.

2. Few-Shot Labeling

After reviewing and correcting the first document prediction, we feed it to the GPT model to learn from and ask it to label the next document using few shot labeling:

Analyze Company Risk Factors from SEC Reports with AI Using custom NLP model and chatGPT

Few-shot labeling in UBIAI

The GPT prediction is overall better with less mistakes but still requiring human review and correction.

Model-Assisted Labeling

Leveraging LLM assisted labeling and human-in-the-loop review, we are able to quickly label 55 risk factor documents. Labeling more examples, will result in a better model performance, but for this tutorial, we are going to stick with the 55 labeled examples as a proof of concept.


We are now ready to train a full on custom Named Entity Recognition (NER) model on our labeled dataset. For this task, we are going to fine-tune a spacy model on our task, and use it to auto-label the rest of our data. This can be done easily in UBIAI:

Model-assisted labeling video

Risk Factor Analysis with Custom NER Model and chatGPT

Once the model is trained , we can proceed with deploying and integrating the model into a document extraction workflow. The trained model will enables us to identify regulations and laws, risk factors, macroeconomic events, key persons that can potentially impact the business bottom line. By automatically identifying and classifying the relevant risk factors, we will gain valuable insights at scale.


In addition to NER, we can analyze the identified risks using chatGPT and ask it to provide recommendation. chatGPT will act as our analyst and give us valuable feedback about the company’s future.

Integrating the trained model with chatGPT can be easily done using AI Builder where we can chain multiple modules together, in this case custom AI model + chatGPT without any coding required.


Below is an example of the prompt given to chatGPT. [[Input_data]] refers to the output of the previous module Custom Entity Model which will contain the list of identified risks. We then ask chatGPT to analyze the risk factors (we will call it analystGPT) by providing the following prompt:

From the company risk factors identified list below, identify the ones that have the most impact on the company’s future revenue, classify the 5 most impactful factors:

Analyze Company Risk Factors from SEC Reports with AI Using custom NLP model and chatGPT

AI Builder workflow building interface

We are now ready to run the workflow on a new 10-K report! Let’s run it on the latest IBM 10-K report:

Analyze Company Risk Factors from SEC Reports with AI Using custom NLP model and chatGPT

Document extraction review in AI Builder.

After running the document extraction workflow on the new 10-K report, we obtained insightful results that shed light on the company’s risk factors . The model effectively identified and extracted relevant information, such as regulations, laws, macroeconomic events, and various risks that could influence the company’s bottom line, here are some of them:


Macroeconomic terms:

Currency fluctuations between the U.S. dollar and non-U.S. currencies


Regulations and laws:

Economic, Political, Health and Other Conditions: The company is a globally integrated entity, operating in over 175 countries worldwide and deriving about sixty percent of its revenues from sales outside the United States laws
economic and political changes
data localization requirements
labor relations laws
IP protection
Company’s Financial Results
Government Clients
applicable laws



investments in R&D
Damage to IBM Reputation
brand and overall
product defects
failures, cybersecurity incidents
government investigations
legal proceedings
negative perceptions
Client adoption rates
business and delivery models
legal principles and
Failure to Achieve Objectives
Higher Debt Levels
failure to close planned transactions


The model identified correctly many of the macroeconomic terms, regulation & laws and risks that can impact the company’s future. However, in some cases, the entities were mislabeled and some were mixed up. This is expected as the training data (55 examples) was too small to yield a good performance, especially for a semantically complex document such as Item 1A. Further labeling, will certainly result in a much better named entity extraction.


Now, let’s check analystGPT recommendation:

					1. Investments in R&D
2. Damage to IBM's reputation
3. Product defects, failures, and cybersecurity incidents
4. Failure to achieve objectives
5. Economic, political, health, and other conditions


Investments in R&D can have the most impact on IBM's future revenue because they are essential for developing innovative products and services that can differentiate the company from competitors and attract new customers.

Damage to IBM's reputation can also have a significant impact on the company's revenue because it can lead to loss of customer trust and loyalty, which can result in reduced sales and market share.

Product defects, failures, and cybersecurity incidents can also have a significant impact on IBM's revenue because they can damage the company's reputation, lead to legal proceedings, and result in loss of customers and revenue.

Failure to achieve objectives can have a significant impact on IBM's revenue because it can lead to lower profitability and reduced market share, as competitors may be able to gain an advantage.

Lastly, economic, political, health, and other conditions can have a significant impact on IBM's revenue because they can affect customer demand and the company's ability to operate and compete in different markets.

AnalystGPT identified the most risky factors but also provided its reasoning behind each one. The top risks such as Investment in R&D, damage to IBM’s reputation and Product defects, failures and cybersecurity incidents appears to be substantiated but further verification by subject matter experts are needed.


The approach described in this tutorial has many limitations, here are some of them:

  • Item 1A is a complex section of the 10-K report: it can be challenging to distinguish between real risk factors and generic ones. Companies typically use abstractive and deceptive language to hide true risks. Therefore, subject matter experts are needed to label the data correctly.
  • The accuracy of the result depends on the performance of the NER model. Focusing on labeling high quality dataset will be key in achieving good results.
  • chatGPT has a limitation of 4000 tokens which preclude us from sending a long list of entities. Chunking the list of entities will be necessary.
  • chatGPT still suffers from hallucination problem and can create false information even with the provided list of entities from the text itself


The seamless integration of the trained NER model with chatGPT using AI Builder enables efficient extraction and analysis of companies risk factors. This combination allows for a comprehensive understanding of the identified risks and their potential impact on the company’s future.


By running the workflow on a new 10-K report, the extraction process yields valuable extractions, such as identified regulations and laws, risk factors, macroeconomic events, and key persons. Leveraging chatGPT as a virtual analyst, enhances the analysis process and provides recommendations for the most impactful risk factors.


As future steps:

  • We can train the NER model on a bigger dataset to get more accurate results
  • In addition to NER, we can train a relation extraction model to identify the relationship between different entities, which will provide more insights into the risk factors.
  • Increase the list of entities that chatGPT can analyze by chunking the entity list.
    That’s it for this tutorial. If you are looking to train your own NER model and integrate it into a custom workflow, schedule a demo with us here.

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