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Count down : the past, present and uncertain future of the big four accounting firms

Author: Jim Peterson, (Lawyer)
Publisher: Bingley, UK : Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2015.
Series: Studies in the development of accounting thought, 19.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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Despite market dominance and annual global revenue above 120 billion the Big Four international accounting firms - Deloitte, EY, KPMG and PwC face serious threats. Count Down looks at the challenges facing the Big Four and proposes an evolved model for Big Audit, fit to serve the capital markets of the 21st century.
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Peterson, Jim.
Count Down : The Past, Present and Uncertain Future of the Big Four Accounting Firms.
Bradford : Emerald Group Publishing Limited, ©2015
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Jim Peterson, (Lawyer)
ISBN: 9781785605802 1785605801
OCLC Number: 932016789
Description: 1 online resource (ix, 240 pages) : illustrations.
Contents: Front Cover; Count Down: The Past, Present and Uncertain Future of the Big Four Accounting Firms; Copyright page; Contents; Foreword; I Introduction --
The Past --
History and Context; "Where Were the Auditors?"; Where Is Big Audit Today?; The Visibility of the Big Four; The Expected Attitude of the Players; To the Insiders, Big Audit Is So Yesterday; To the Rest of the World --
Accounting Is So Boring; Familiarity; Complexity Conceals; Big Audit Looks like Any Other Utility; "Mind the Gap"; The Limits of the "Utility" Metaphor; Where Are the Critics?; Framing the Issues. Arthur Andersen --
The Beginning of the EndThe Diminished Value of Today's Assurance Product; The Players in the Matrix --
Their Inter-Locking Mutuality of Interests; Lessons from Big Audit's Early History: The Great Western Railway --
Mr. Deloitte's First Audit Report; HP versus Autonomy: How Big Audit Might Survive the Fall-Out; Examples of the Extent of Large Company Audit Concentration; United States; United Kingdom; France; Germany; Notes; II The Present State of Big Audit; How Bad Is It?; What Is Expected? What Should the Auditors Do? The Big Four Won't Be Here At All --
The Next Collapse Goes "Four-to-Zero"When Reality Bites, It Will Bite Hard; The Problem of Available Choice; The Attitude of the Regulators; The Financial Fragility of the Big Four --
The Tipping Point; The Model and Its Assumptions; The Grim Reality of the Calculations; The Cause for Optimism; The Big Four Accounting Firms Are Down to Critical Mass, Said the Financial Times --
So It Must Be Official; Accounting Standards Convergence --
Nobody Knows Where They Are; The Standard-Setters Finish the Job; In Reality, Convergence Doesn't Matter. "In All Material Respects" --
The Auditors Don't Say Where They AreAuditor Independence --
Appearance and Reality; No Value --
No Point; The Auditor's Real Client --
Time to Re-Assess"; Lost among the Mixed Messages; Whether Independence Has Value --
KPMG, Herbalife's Stock Price, and the Blame Game; Big Audit's Inability to Innovate; Legal Standards and Public Expectations; The Big Four's Unsustainable Liability Exposure; Escalated Public Expectations --
The Firms' Responsibility; Neither Regulatory nor Market Solutions Are Viable; A Taxonomy of the Non-Solutions. Preface: The Auditors --
Missing from the Financial CrisisThe Unachievable "Magic Bullets"; Catastrophe Bonds for Auditors --
An Idea that Refuses to Stay Dead; Government-Backed Insurance as a Trade-Off; The Auditors' Own Financial Resources --
Insignificant Protection; Government Involvement with Big Audit; Could a Government Agency Assign Publicly Financed Audits?; Audit by Government --
More Heat in the Kitchen --
And Less Light; If the Banks Were Nationalized --
Why Not the Auditors; Unified Structures --
Could the Big Four Think Local, but Act Global?; Outside Capital --
What Money Can't Fix.
Series Title: Studies in the development of accounting thought, 19.
Responsibility: by Jim Peterson.

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