Negligence & Liability Archives - Emile Woolf writes

Economic Perspectives 112 – Part 1 – LIVING ON DEBT

Economic Perspectives 112 – February 2022 – Emile Woolf                                                        ——————————————– Part 1 – Idiocy repeated   Any catalogue of economic legends would of course include the 2008 visit of Queen Elizabeth to the London School of Economics, when the country was experiencing an unprecedented housing market bubble based on the irrational belief […]

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PUBLIC WASTE & PRIVATE THRIFT – EP-109

EMILE WOOLF ECONOMIC PERSPECTIVES – 109 [November 2021] Veteran observers of economic folly have the advantage of experience. They are already familiar with the failed policies being enacted, yet again, by unprincipled politicians whose sole motivation is re-election. In the meanwhile these pillars of ineptitude, incapable of linking cause and effect, remain blind to the […]

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Audit independence: only one solution will succeed [SEPTEMBER 2020]

The “flawless” audit exists in the mind alone. Regulators such as the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) are therefore having to deal with the many that, in varying degrees, are flawed. However, the FRC’s practice of allowing so many years to pass before reporting their findings and punishing the culprits undoubtedly weakens its authority and blunts […]

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FRAUD: SAME STORY, BIGGER NUMBERS – Enron remembered as Wirecard

  Although I have forgotten most of my own auditing experiences, a few still stand out. A client company that was in business as a confectionary retailer sold cakes over the counter, either whole or in weighed-out portions. The principal internal control was reconciling the weight of cakes leaving the bakery with the weight of […]

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PROPER AUDITS – STILL TOO DISTANT

“ACCOUNTANCYDAILY” [ONLINE] OCTOBER 2019 – EMILE WOOLF  PROPER AUDITS – STILL TOO DISTANT While recently rummaging through some old papers I spotted the transcript of a lecture I gave in 2003 called “How can audits be made effective?” I was intrigued, but not surprised, to note that the subject matter of that lecture nearly 17 […]

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Auditors’ independence – all or nothing!

ACCOUNTANCY ONLINE – AUGUST 2019 Missing the real point has become an art form EMILE WOOLF The saga of the audit giants rumbles on without any discernible sign of resolution. Even member firms within this group do not speak with one voice on proposals for reform, and recommendations from regulators have so far come up […]

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AUDITORS DEFEATED BY ACCOUNTING ABERRATIONS

  It is a curious development in professional auditing circles that being sued for negligence has almost been overtaken in the “nightmare-stakes” by the threat of a regulatory mauling. Widely broadcast findings that an auditor’s work has been negligent lead to severe reputational attrition and massive fines – and unlike judgments in case law, none […]

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Regulation has Gone Crazy!

Unregulated regulation – a contagious malady EMILE WOOLF – EP 52 [Going Postal – 8 April 2019] More often than not, regulation is a cover-up for exploitation or protectionism – probably both. Thoughtless, invasive regulation has become unstoppable. Traders and consumers adhere to the idea that highly regulated markets serve their interests, and it suits […]

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Reading the signs of the coming crash

1 – THIS TIME IT WILL BE DIFFERENT – Yes, far worse! [ECONOMIC PERSPECTIVES – 35] The last crash 2007/2008 Before the last financial crisis in 2007/2008 sub-prime mortgages were all the rage. The idea was that if mortgage lenders put a pot-pourri of mortgages in a parcel, the risks attaching to mortgages at the […]

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The Auditing endgame is nigh

“ACCOUNTANCY” August 2018 Beginning of the end for the status quo of accounting – and auditing! “That which is crooked cannot be made straight” (Ecclesiastes 1,15). I am not suggesting that accounting is inherently crooked, but it is currently plagued by a “disconnect” between compliance and truth – hardly reflected in the Institute’s motto: “recte […]

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