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Are any of the Group B accounting firms in position to challenge the Big 4?

As contributing editor Ed Zwirn reveals in his article ''The Second Six: Ready to Step Up?'', the demise of Andersen and the advent of Sarbanes-Oxley have not been an unqualified blessing for those firms that remain. And in ''Same Straw, Smaller Back,'' Zwirn notes how new regulatory burdens that fall heavily on smaller companies (the usual Group B clients) may persuade many of them to go private.

More articles about accounting, and about careers in finance, are described below.

FEATURE ARTICLES
The Second Six: Ready to Step Up?
The largest of the Group B accounting firms are facing new challenges and enjoying new opportunities.
Same Straw, Smaller Back
New regulatory burdens fall heavily on small public companies. One way to lighten the load: Go private.


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A Good Year for Outsiders
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Coming: Auditor Cataclysm?
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Sussing Out the Second Six
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The Never-Ending Audit
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Audit Fees on the Rise
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The Fear of All Sums
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Big Five Get Low Grades for Performance
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There's a Monster in Finance
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After Andersen: Surviving the Demise
Former Andersen employees are finding sympathy, employment.
Return of the Bean Counters
With a welter of new reporting requirements coming, controller skills are suddenly a hot commodity.
A CFO Blacklist?
Are some sell-side analysts circulating a list of companies whose CFOs have close ties to the big accounting firms?
When Accountants Switch Sides
Is it time for the SEC to prohibit corporations from offering jobs to their external auditors?

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