At the recent CFA Institute Global Investment Risk Symposium, Ron Ryan, CFA, of Ryan ALM, appealed for greater transparency and the application of commonsense principles in pension accounting, warning that without such changes the solvency of corporations, cities, and states is at stake.
The largest corporate fraud in Chilean history offers a cautionary tale not only about improper accounting and misleading financial statements but also about the importance of implementing an organizational culture that encourages employees to take action when they observe unethical behavior.
This well-written and occasionally humorous tutorial on investing in speculative-grade corporate debt covers the essential aspects of high-yield debt, including credit analysis and why one would want to invest in high-yield bonds in the first place. As a basic introduction to the high-yield debt market, the book can’t be beat.
This entertaining book persuasively argues that it is both naive and dangerous for practitioners to accept financial reports at face value. Using both real-world examples and hypothetical scenarios, the authors demonstrate that in the “real world,” financial statements often conceal as much as they reveal.
Jason Voss, CFA, provides a summary of the major research about lying and deceit behaviors, including a brief overview of dozens of research papers.
This treatise on security-specific analysis of speculative-grade debt by a seasoned, highly regarded specialist in the field is the best book yet on the subject. Covering all aspects of risk assessment and valuation of speculative-grade bonds and leveraged loans, it is essential reading for all professionals engaged in such analysis.
A powerful alternative to traditional credit ratings is the scenario-planning approach developed by Kamal Mustafa, CEO of Invictus Consulting Group.
Effective 1 January 2011, the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) became mandatory for Canadian public companies. Proponents of IFRS adoption argued that it would enhance global comparability of financial statements. The authors of Swindlers: Cons & Cheats and How to Protect Your Investments from Them argue, on the contrary, that “differences in laws, regulations, taxes, cultures, education, ethics, training, traditions, enforcement, and optimism make uniformity an opium dream.”
A few months ago, I wrote about how Groupon had been using a non-GAAP accounting metric, “adjusted consolidated segment operating income” (CSOI), to explain its past performance — a practice the online… READ MORE ›
Yin Toa Lee, CFA, reviews the new global regulatory initiatives and changing accounting standards and their business impacts on Asian financial institutions. He discusses what board, management, and audit committees should be doing today to prepare for such significant changes, including issuing communications to the investor and analyst communities.
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