The PwC – AIG Clusterschmuck

By • Feb 12th, 2008 • Category: Pure Content

See my previous comments on this unholy alliance here, here, here, here and here.
See my comments in the NYT on this article here.
How Bad Is It? AIG Can’t Tell
If someone wants to buy insurance against a risk, perhaps the insurance company should assume the risk is real.

American International Group shares are down sharply today, after the insurance company said its auditors at PricewaterhouseCoopers had concluded that it had a material weakness in its internal controls related to its estimate of the value of its credit default swap portfolio. It can’t quite figure out how big a writeoff to take in the fourth quarter, but it is going to be big.

A.I.G.’s explanation of all this is in an S.E.C. filing today. If you can understand the details of what they are saying, congratulations. I can’t.

But what it boils down to is this: A big, supposedly sophisticated insurance company took risks it did not completely understand, and now is scrambling

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5 Responses »

  1. Ouch, stomach-sinking news.

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