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  1. Finance Blogger: Ian Fraser

    'Big Four' audit firms losing the plot over Barnier

    The response of the “Big Four” accountancy firms to plans from EU internal markets commissioner Michel Barnier to shake up their oligopoly made me think of a quote from George Bernard Shaw; writing exactly a century ago in 1911, the great Irish playwright wrote that "All professions are conspiracies against the laity".

  2. Finance Blogger: QFINANCE Editor

    A week in the world of business and finance (December 2– 8, 2011)

    Each week QFINANCE will endeavor to bring you some of the biggest news stories from the past five days in finance and business, as well as some of the most fascinating websites and links that have crossed our path. We hope you'll enjoy reading it and you'll come back each Thursday to brush up on your finance and business knowledge.

  3. Finance Blogger: Leslie Kossoff

    Executive Compensation: Fear, Scarcity and Wrong Measures

    Over a decade ago, I wrote an article entitled "Worth Every Penny" for a local Silicon Valley business publication. My position was that the entrepreneurs who were building their dreams into companies should be compensated for the work they were doing.

  4. Finance Blogger: Ian Fraser

    Mike Mayo is one of the few voices of reason on Wall Street

    Most investment analysts tend to looks at the corporations they cover through rose-tinted spectacles. You just have to look at the preponderance of "buy" and "hold" notes, as opposed to "sell" notes detailed in my earlier blog post 'Anonymous takes aim at the cosy world of investment analysis', to see how and why this happens. In this comfortable world of mutual back-scratching, CLSA's Mike Mayo stands out as the leading heretic.

  5. Finance Blogger: QFINANCE Editor

    How to find your way through a maze of business terminology

    Do you have a 'cafeteria plan'? Why not? Have you ever heard of 'wimbledonization'? Don’t you think you should have? Can you guess what a 'stockalypse' is? Does all this jargon make your head spin? If there is one thing that the global financial crash has reminded us of, it’s that we are all connected.

  6. Finance Blogger: Leslie Kossoff

    How to deal with business consultants

    Don’t blame the consultants – especially if you have them in house at the moment. (You really don’t want to get on their bad side.) They’re stuck within the same toxic model as they’re imposing on you. Instead, let’s take a quick look at how the model works – and what you can do about it now and in future whenever you think about bringing consulting help in.

  7. Finance Blogger: QFINANCE Editor

    A week in the world of business and finance (July 4 – July 8, 2011)

    Each week QFINANCE will endeavor to bring you some of the biggest news stories from the past five days in finance and business, as well as some of the most fascinating websites and links that have crossed our path. We hope you'll enjoy reading, we hope you'll have a great weekend and we hope that you'll come back each Friday to brush up on your finance and business knowledge.

  8. Finance Blogger: Ian Fraser

    Accountants who don't want to be 'conservative' or 'prudent' are serving capital markets ill

    Few lessons were learnt from the Andersen collapse of 2002 and the “Big Four” audit firms helped stoke up the global financial crisis with their unquestioning acceptance of the often wildly optimistic valuations placed on bank assets by bank boards, and their failure to ask difficult questions about excessive leverage and excessive concentrations of risk in the financial sector.

  9. Finance Blogger: QFINANCE Editor

    A week in the world of business and finance (June 27 – July 1, 2011)

    Each week QFINANCE will endeavor to bring you some of the biggest news stories from the past five days in finance and business, as well as some of the most fascinating websites and links that have crossed our path. We hope you'll enjoy reading, we hope you'll have a great weekend and we hope that you'll come back each Friday to brush up on your finance and business knowledge.

  10. Finance Blogger: Ian Lowes

    Structured Products: A Further Introduction

    In 2010 £12.32bn was invested in Structured Products, which, for the right reasons, remained a popular choice with many advisers; but they’re not all good and IFAs are reportedly only involved in around 25% of the retail market.

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