Do Audit Opinions Matter? A Discussion with Professor Ed Ketz

Professor Ed Ketz of Penn State joins the show to discuss audits' current state and future. We delve into the relevance of audits and explore the value of unqualified opinions in making audits meaningful. The discussion also touches on the overstandardization of audit reports and how this can lead to investor misunderstandings. Professor Ketz brings a unique perspective, sparking a debate on whether the existence of the unqualified opinion creates value rather than the content within. The episode ends with a brainstorm on potential regulation improvements to improve audit quality and usefulness.

Meet Our Guest, Ed Ketz

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Creators and Guests

David Leary
David Leary
President and Founder, Sombrero Apps Company
J. Edward Ketz
J. Edward Ketz
Ed Ketz, Ph.D., a member of the Penn State faculty since 1981, has authored and edited 17 books as well as numerous articles. His book Hidden Financial Risk (Wiley, 2003) examines the corporate culture and the institutional setting that engendered recent accounting scandals, informs investors how to protect themselves, and suggests improvements for the profession. Accounting Ethics (Routledge, 2006) investigates the accounting profession over the last century by scrutinizing its positions on ethics and its roles in myriad accounting scandals and by exploring how to reduce the number of accounting frauds. Fair Value Measurements (BNA, 2007), co-authored with Mark Zyla (Managing Director at Acuitas, Inc.), summarizes the FASB’s efforts in this area, supplies the conceptual ideas behind this topic, describes methods employed by valuation assessors, and reviews criticisms of fair value measurements. Professor Ketz has been cited in the popular and business press, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Business Week, Bloomberg News, USA Today, and Chicago Tribune, on topics such as accounting for stock compensation, business combination accounting, accounting for derivatives, the meltdown in the subprime mortgage sector and related CDOs, and evaluations of specific corporate accounting practices at Enron, Tyco, Rite Aid, HealthSouth, AIG, CVS, Starbucks, Merrill Lynch, Citigroup, and other corporations. He also has appeared as an accounting commentator on CNBC, CNNfn, and National Public Radio. Ed Ketz provides investment and accounting advice and has consulted for Banc of America Securities, Wells Fargo, Gerson Lehrman Group, Association of Audit Committee Members, the Coleman Research Group, and several hedge funds. He also has served as an expert witness.
Do Audit Opinions Matter? A Discussion with Professor Ed Ketz
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