Monday, September 27, 2010

Accounting Fraud

Via Musings on Markets.
What are the lessons for us as investors? When things look too good to be true, they are usually false. I am not familiar with Satyam's financials, but it may be worth looking at past statements to see if the clues were there that we chose to ignore. There is a strong need for forensic accounting... Just a warning! Fraud and malfeasance come to the surface when times are bad and I will expect to see a flood of Satyam-like cases all over India and China especially. Growth has masked the weaknesses of corporations in both countries and its absence will separate the wheat from the chaff. 

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