Hong Kongs SFC Fines Company $2.7 Million

Posted by Alexa Foxon Tue, May 31, 2016 @ 11:27 AM
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Tags: Internal Controls, best-practice, internal audit, Hong Kong, deficiencies, future trading, SFC, China, Fined, compliance, Compliance in China, accounting, securities and futures commission, short sales, internal controls failures

Internal Controls over Financial Reporting: Testing with Precision

Posted by Guthrie Chenon Wed, Jun 25, 2014 @ 09:52 AM

With a renewed emphasis in testing with precision on internal controls over financial reporting, it may help to jump the gun and review some of your most complex controls that would fall within scope of an external auditors review. The following definition of ‘testing with precision’ is defined in the following statement via Crowe Horwath LLP:

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Tags: Internal Controls, examples, audit, external audit, precision, misstatement, testing, risk management, reconciliation, material

Controls needed to successfully adopt the new COSO 2013 Framework

Posted by Guthrie Chenon Fri, Jun 13, 2014 @ 04:00 PM

By now, we have all started to become aware that the new COSO 2013 framework MUST be adopted by all publically traded companies by the end of their current fiscal year. There’s a great deal of material out there explaining what needs to be implemented yet, very few of those items (including the documents provided directly from COSO) explain HOW to actually make this implementation happen.

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Tags: Internal Controls, examples, controls, audit, SOX, audit committee, COSO, COSO 2013, framework, documentation

The Power of Optimizing Your Internal Controls

Posted by Guthrie Chenon Mon, May 26, 2014 @ 03:00 PM

Let’s face it, dealing with internal controls from time to time can be a headache and can certainly get out of hand. The power of an organized internal control structure yields a plethora of benefits in terms of cost efficiency, reduced workload, fewer headaches, and happier employees – You know what they say, Organized People Play™.

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Tags: Internal Controls, segregation of duties, control reduction, SOX, auditing standards, audit costs, Controls Testing, SOX Compliance Made Simple, internal audit, Process Improvement, software, sox compliance, internal control, Sarbanes-Oxley, Vibato, audit scope, internal control tips

SEC Investigates Medifast, $200,000 Penalty & Cease-and-Desist Order

Posted by Juliette Gibsonon Tue, Oct 01, 2013 @ 09:41 AM

This is a great article looking at the outcome of a recent SEC investigation into Medifast's financial reporting from 2006 through 2009.  Medifast disclosed, without admitting or denying the SEC's findings, that under the terms of the settlement it has consented to a Cease-and-Desist Order and agreed to pay a $200,000 civil penalty.

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Tags: Internal Controls, audit, 10k, White Collar Fraud, disclosure, SEC, SEC fines, audit deficiency, Internal Control Deficiency

Sam Antar: On Fraud & the Black Arts of White Collar Crime

Posted by Teresa Bockwoldton Thu, Jul 25, 2013 @ 02:51 PM
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Tags: Internal Controls, Sarbanes-Oxley Articles & Information, segregation of duties, risk assessment, Announcements, SOX, external audit, SOX Compliance Made Simple, White Collar Fraud, Bay Area Accounting Professionals Mixer, Sarbanes-Oxley Training, internal control, risk management, Sarbanes-Oxley, external auditing, Internal Control Education, internal control tips, Sarbanes-Oxley for Non-Profits, corporate governance

JP Morgan set to Revisit their Internal Control Procedures

Posted by Alex Roweon Tue, Apr 16, 2013 @ 03:45 PM
CEO of JPMorgan, Jamie Dimon, expresses confidence in the upswing of the economy based on the first-quarter results of the New York-based bank. Pointers of this are that the bank had set aside less budget to cover bad loans in its retail banking business, and that housing prices were beginning to improve. The bank funded $53 billion in mortgages, which is 37% higher than last year.
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Tags: Internal Controls, shareholders, JPMorgan, Jamie Dimon, mortgages, trading loss

Fighting Fraud Video from the Center for Audit Quality

Posted by Alex Roweon Tue, Apr 09, 2013 @ 01:20 PM

The video touches on what motivates the average person to commit fraud; Pressure, Opportunity, and Rationalization. It also explains how accountability begins at the top level with the actions and attitude of the CEO, Board of Directors, and Audit Committee. Next it moves into suggestions for helping to prevent fraud, such as professional skepticism and training all employees to detect red flags. Last but not least, the video explains the importance of the Internal Auditor, who helps assess fraud risk and test the efficiency of internal controls.

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Tags: Internal Controls, Vibato, fraud, center for audit quality, internal auditor

Should you Disclose your Social Media Content?

Posted by Alex Roweon Wed, Mar 27, 2013 @ 11:34 AM

Social media has previously not been an issue when it came to your SEC or other public filings, but that may be changing...  

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Tags: Internal Controls, social media, best-practice, FINRA, disclosure, Vibato, SEC, Division of Investment Management

PCAOB Audit Standards to get a Codification-Type Treatment

Posted by Alex Roweon Tue, Mar 26, 2013 @ 03:05 PM

Today The Public Accounting Oversight Board released a proposal to re-organize their official auditing standards. The document is open to public comment, and a meeting was held early this morning to begin the process. 

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Tags: Internal Controls, auditing standards, Martin Baumann, Vibato, PCAOB