Archive for the ‘Writing for Others’ Category

Accounting Watchdog: A New Column In Forbes

By Francine • Oct 29th, 2010

I’m now writing for Forbes twice week, Tuesday and Thursday, under the title, Accounting Watchdog. My first two columns were published this past week.


“Sarah Palin: The ‘Stepford’ Feminist?” And A Review of Wall Street 2

By Francine • Oct 3rd, 2010

Two new columns at my weekend gig, Sundayed.
I hope you will take a look.
The Talking Heads song “Home” plays over the closing credits and I start bopping in my theater seat.  Sorry to say, this tune was the best thing about the movie, Wall Street 2.  That’s not to say the film wasn’t visually stunning, even [...]


@FEI Blog: The Problem With The Non-CPA CFO

By Francine • Aug 21st, 2010

I made another guest post at the blog for Financial Executives International.  My BBF (best blogger girlfriend) Edith Orenstein is on vacation.  The post is cross-posted over at accountingWEB, because Edith is so good and so popular.  She’s been my go-to girl for a while when it comes to technical accounting support and general navigation [...]


Guest Post @FEI Blog: PCAOB Open Meeting August 5th, 2010

By Francine • Aug 6th, 2010

On Thursday August 5th, I covered the PCAOB’s Open Meeting and wrote up a report for the FEI Blog. I’d like to make a few more comments about the meeting yesterday.

I was both surprised and very pleased when Chairman Goelzer announced that he’ll request Congress to amend Sarbanes-Oxley to open the PCAOB’s disciplinary proceedings to public view, in line with the SEC. I was also gratified. I made this suggestion and many times have pointed out the challenge to investors’ right to know about an important gatekeeper – the auditors.


Asking The Difficult Questions: An Article About Audit Committees For The IIA’s Internal Auditor

By Francine • Jul 5th, 2010

Audit committees must proactively probe management and the auditors to gain insight and to make necessary oversight decisions. This is an article that appeared in Internal Auditor’s June 2010 issue.


If I Had More Time, It Would Have Been Shorter…

By Francine • Jul 4th, 2010

My new essay is up at, the side project I’m contributing to with a few friends including Jason Moriber from Wise Elephant who helps me run this site.
This weekend I’m talking about the “Summer Fiction: 20 Under 40″ issue of The New Yorker.   The fiction I read is varied, but I’m not much [...]


Please Check Out

By Francine • Jun 5th, 2010

I’ve joined with a few friends to produce some completely different kinds of writing at I will be contributing once or twice a month as my schedule permits.
Jason Moriber, the Editor, describes it as such: is a short menu of provocative weekend reading.  It’s a platform for our contributors to discuss/illustrate/define/opine on topics that [...]


@Going Concern “Will Hustling The Big 4 On Salary Hurt Your Chances?”

By Francine • Jun 2nd, 2010

My new column is up @Going Concern.
I get calls. I get letters. And now I even get lots of requests to meet. Talking to readers is one of my favorite things to do. It makes my opinions and ideas real.
I also, of course, learn much from you about what’s really going on. I appreciate the [...]


@Going Concern “Piling Onto The Scrum: Big 4 Auditors Want A Piece of the Credit Ratings Action”

By Francine • May 19th, 2010

My new column is up @Going Concern:
They lead a charmed life.
• A government sanctioned franchise to provide their services to the largest global companies.
• Oligopolistic pricing and an annuity-style constant pipeline of business because of significant barriers to entry resulting in a license to print money.
• Historic immunity from scrutiny and litigation based on proprietary methods [...]


Good News. Bad News. AIG’s Cassano Snitches On PwC

By Francine • Apr 7th, 2010

The US Federal government has been propping up AIG with hundreds of billions of dollars and AIG has been, in turn, protecting its auditor, PricewaterhouseCoopers.