Who can you trust?Â
In a recent examination by Audit Integrity, an independent financial analytics company in Los Angeles, the company assessed the true quality of corporate accounting and management practices by looking at more than 100 factors beyond the balance sheet and income statement. Their aim was to identify the measures most highly associated with fraud and to quantify the risks of drops inÂ stock prices, that could forceÂ managersÂ to restateÂ financials or could potentiallyÂ result inÂ securities lawsuits. Audit Integrity has back-tested its proprietary metrics to 1996 to establish correlations between corporate behavior and negative events. Audit Integrity’sÂ measures have been used over the past seven years by institutional investors, insurers, auditors, regulators and corporations to identify risk.
1. How many public companies typically make Audit Integrity’s Most Trustworthy Companies list?
2. What industry or region of the country has a concentration of the most trustworthy companies?
3.Â Who are the companies with the most impressive records and why?
4.Â Speculate on what metrics are used by Audit Integrity and list at least 10 factors that would be important to include.
Weinberg, N. (2010). The Most Trustworthy Companies. Forbes.com,Â August 6 (Retrievable online at http://www.forbes.com/2010/08/05/most-trustworthy-companies-personal-finance-audit-integrity.html?partner=daily_newsletter)