November 2010

A Network of Insiders

The now highly-visible insider trading probe on Wall Street is shining a harsh spotlight on “expert networks.” Relatively new to the investment research landscape, these networks offer access to experts across various industry sectors — medicine, biotech, technology, and others. … Read more

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Academic or Economic Reality?

We sometimes hear criticisms of our position on fair value accounting that suggest we’re taking an academic view of things with dubious relevance to economic reality. Interesting, then, to read Jack Cieselski’s analysis of a pending bank acquisition at a … Read more

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Go SEC Go!

Get out your pom poms — a cheer for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is in order. The agency has had multiple detractors in response to some recent goofs (Madoff, Stanford Financial), not to mention strong criticism and … Read more

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Beyond Independence

Add this to the list of lessons learned from the financial crisis: Boards of directors often have trouble standing up for shareowner interests. Balancing knowledge of the business with a degree of independence from the conflicted interests of management or … Read more

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Call 1-800-Bailout

Beginning back in the 1980s, Dana Carvey played a character named Enid Strict, otherwise known as “The Church Lady,” on the comedy show “Saturday Night Live.” Enid is best remembered for her signature line, “Isn’t that special?” It is what … Read more

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Audit Firms Get Their Grades

Check out the latest accounting industry score card (PDF) from the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB), the U.S. regulator of accounting firms, which looked at the performance of such firms during the financial crisis. No prizes for guessing it … Read more

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