Fresh Evidence of Auditor Bias Emerges
Companies don't look good for penalizing honest auditors, while other auditors don't look good for rendering slanted opinions.
Walmart FCPA Case Cites Poor Internal Controls
The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged Walmart with dragging its feet on anti-corruption compliance for more than a decade.
SEC Approves Audit Exemption for Smaller Firms
Requiring smaller companies to have their internal controls audited "may not be an efficient way of benefiting and protecting investors."
Companies Are Moving Slowly on ASC 842
Here's a look at issues companies will face in implementing the new lease accounting standard.
SOX 404(b) Provides Investor Value After All
Study results contradict critics who are trying to water down the Sarbanes-Oxley requirement for auditing internal controls over financial reporting.
Internal Controls Violations in Cyber-Fraud Cases?
The SEC takes the position that public companies must assess and calibrate internal accounting controls for the risk of cyber frauds.
Metric of the Month: Automated Primary Controls
Automation can process more internal controls data in less time, with greater accuracy, pinpointing suspicious activity that manual auditing might miss.
Costco Warns of Material Weakness in Controls
The warning related to IT systems that "support the company’s financial reporting processes" drove Costco's stock down 2.4%.
Highest Priority for Finance Today: FP&A
Financial planning and analysis tops even strategic planning among the finance processes that CFOs want to improve.
Which Acquisitions Will Generate Negative Stock Returns?
If the acquiring company elects to exempt the target from Sarbanes-Oxley Section 404 internal controls attestation, negative stock returns may follow.
Moody’s Fined $16M Over Rating Deficiencies
The SEC says Moody's failed to ensure the accuracy of statistical models and apply rating symbols consistently.