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Mark-to-market accounting a danger to capitalism

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18 January 2011 The interrogation of Barclays’ newly-installed chief executive Bob Diamond by the Treasury committee of the House of Commons last Tuesday was an unsatisfactory affair. But it was followed by a much more productive parliamentary session in the UK — a meeting of the House of Lords Economic …

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Scottish Revolution – Alyson Stafford interview

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By Ian Fraser Published: Accountancy Magazine Date: 1 December 2010 Alyson Stafford clearly relishes is her interactions with Scottish politicians, including first minister Alex Salmond and finance minister John Swinney. ‘What makes this role really interesting are the strategic aspects of the work,’ says Stafford, the finance director to the …

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Vantis in its death throes? – edited version

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14 June 2010 A firm of accountants which last year was found guilty of enabling celebrities, sportsmen and other wealthy clients to evade £219 million in tax, and whose partner Simon Glyn was personal assistant to the bank manager at the epicentre of the Bank of Scotland Reading scandal, an …

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Time for a fundamental review of the accountancy profession

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15 March 2010 America’s Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) and its London-based counterpart, the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB), both privately-owned and self-regulatory bodies, have for decades been trusted with the task of setting the accountancy standards that represent the bedrock for financial reporting worldwide. In the light of the …

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Insolvency gravy train to hit buffers?

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12 November 2009 It’s becoming increasingly apparent that the world of insolvency has become an unregulated free-for-all where it no longer seems to matter in whose hands property or assets end up. Even supposedly reputable accountancy firms such as Deloitte, Ernst & Young, KPMG and PwC have been known to …

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Firms adapt to hard times as revenues fall

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By Ian Fraser Published: Financial Times Date: 4 November 2009 Scotland’s professional services firms have suffered real pain prompted by the near-collapse of its two biggest banks, the shift in their centre of gravity to London, the continuing loss of corporate headquarters and the slump in commercial property and M&A …

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Goldman Sachs boss defends ‘fair value’ accounting

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18 April 2009 The US authorities on April 2nd decided to suspend fair value or “mark-to-market” accounting – whereby banks and other financial institutions must attribute market values to financial instruments that they do not intend to hold to maturity, including collateralised debt obligations, rather than pursue their former course …