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    Writing for the Stigler Center ProMarket Blog

    By • May 30th, 2017

    The last time anyone attempted to “modernize” auditor independence rules it was the Securities and Exchange Commission, in 2000, before the Enron failure and Arthur Andersen’s demise, as a result of the growing concern that firms increasing focus on consulting was distracting them for their core purpose, auditing. The Big Four firms are now opportunistically lobbying to go back in time, before Enron, when the industry was self-regulated and mostly left alone, able to have as many conflicts of interest as their powerful public clients would allow.



    Speaking Engagements/Conferences

    By • May 30th, 2017

    Next Up: June 6, 2017, National Investor Relations Institute National Conference, Orlando FL. I will be a panelist with Business Wire and two others taking a deep look at today’s earnings and financial reporting landscape and outline ways IROs can reduce time and risk while adhering to earnings release best practices. Included in this candid conversation will be an overview of the regulatory environment as it relates to earnings releases and the post-dissemination landscape. The panel invitation came out our efforts at MarketWatch in the last year to focus on non-GAAP earnings issues.



    More on KPMG and the Precedents for Possible Punishment

    By • Apr 23rd, 2017

    Why did they do it? The WSJ walks around the question but KPMG may face big fines and, I think, its partners and the PCAOB professional could face criminal charges.



    KPMG Takes Its Turn With a Big 4 -Sized Scandal

    By • Apr 17th, 2017

    The KPMG/PCAOB scandal is neither the first or last time a Big 4 firm reminded us that there’s nothing special anymore about being a Big 4 firm professional The firms, and their partners, are not capitalist eunuchs, immune from perverse incentives that advocates for free markets say, if big enough, can corrupt anyone.



    NYSSCPAs Breakfast Briefing: Whistleblowing Under Dodd-Frank – Update

    By • Dec 8th, 2016

    I’ve written at Forbes about the event, including some quotes from Sherron Watkins that made news. Links to a replay of the webcast and a live-blog of the event are included here.



    A Happy Story About Housing

    By • Nov 25th, 2016

    My MarketWatch colleague Andrea Riquier took a field trip to Indiana earlier this year on a tip about a group that helps people struggling to get their act together and prepare for home ownership. It’s a nice thing to see, given all the ongoing struggles many still have with jobs, finances and the challenges of this economy, especially in the heartland.



    The Legacy of Mary Jo White

    By • Nov 21st, 2016

    Mary Jo White became the 31st Chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission on April 10, 2013. Last week she announced she would be leaving the job when President Obama leaves office. Here are some links to recent articles and a few choice ones from the past.



    Remarks at New York University Forum on Non-GAAP Metrics

    By • Nov 16th, 2016

    Here are my remarks from the panel discussion on non-GAAP metrics I participated in onNovember 7, 2016 at NYU Stern.



    Interesting Disclosures During TBW v. PwC Pre-Trial Period

    By • Sep 26th, 2016

    The TBW v. PwC trial gave the public quite a few interesting disclosures about the audit industry and PwC, including some some pointing to how the firms’ finances, in this case PwC, work.



    TBW Plan Trustee v. PwC: A Look at What Led To It and What’s Next

    By • Sep 25th, 2016

    Here’s a brief look at the TBW Plan Trustee v. PwC trial, what led to it and what’s next.