Mon, May 30, 2016
A A A
Welcome Guest
Free Trial RSS
Get FREE trial access to our award winning publications
Alternative Market Briefing

Other Voices: A recap on some audit issues, and a worrying trend

Monday, June 07, 2010

This article was authored by Castle Hall Alternative, a provider of operational due diligence based in Canada.

Looking back over our posts over the past year or so, we've commented on a number of issues which impact investors' due diligence procedures when thinking about the audit process, the financial statements, and the auditor themselves.

We thought it would be useful to recap on a group of issues which continue to be troubling:

1) And why can't the auditor identify themselves? Back in November, we commented on the challenge of getting the Big 4 audit firms to admit that they are, actually, the auditor of the fund in question. In the six months since then, practices appear to have standardized: typically, the Big 4 will now provide a form response, but only after the investor has signed an extensive disclaimer letter. The slight snag? The disclaimer is usually so wide ranging that it appears to materially impact the investors' ability to sue the auditor in the event of audit failure (which, of course, is the idea). We advise our clients not to sign it.

As a counterpoint, it is worth noting - and forcefully reminding the Big 4 - that every other auditor on the planet makes the confirmation process smooth and effective. Castle Hall is particularly appreciative of the responsiveness and professionalism of Rothstein Kass each time we make an audit confirm......................

To view our full article Click here

Today's Exclusives Today's Other Voices More Exclusives
Previous Opalesque Exclusives                                  
More Other Voices
Previous Other Voices                                               
Access Alternative Market Briefing


  • Top Forwarded
  • Top Tracked
  • Top Searched
  1. Performance - Hedge fund ETFs take a battering, Have long-short credit funds delivered?[more]

    Hedge fund ETFs take a battering From ETFStrategy.co.uk: It was a blow for the hedge fund world when Hillary Clinton’s son-in-law Marc Mezvinsky announced he would be closing his Greek-focused fund after it plummeted in value by 90%, just two years after it launched. For passive investor

  2. Americas - Australian banks sending U.S. hedge funds broke, Ryan Puerto Rico ‘rescue’ bill could be windfall for hedge funds[more]

    Australian banks sending U.S. hedge funds broke From SMH.com.au: US hedge funds are not having the best of years. Profits are hard to find, they're underperforming and the punters are losing patience, withdrawing US$15 billion ($20.8 billion) in the March quarter. They're expected to wit

  3. Investing - Billionaire Wilbur Ross likes the look of Chinese bad loans, Hedge funds are still relevant in a diversified portfolio: 4 fundamental criteria for superior manager selection[more]

    Billionaire Wilbur Ross likes the look of Chinese bad loans From Bloomberg.com: U.S. billionaire Wilbur Ross said he’s considering investing in nonperforming loans in China, as Moody’s Investors Service said that the nation has the tools to prevent a financial crisis in the near term. I’

  4. Investing - Blackstone gives pricey Canadian energy and property thumbs down, One of the most concentrated hedge fund bets is getting crushed, Facebook is hedge funds' new tech darling,[more]

    Blackstone gives pricey Canadian energy and property thumbs down From Bloomberg.com: Canada’s energy assets are uneconomic and real-estate markets overvalued, making them less attractive for investment than in the U.S. and elsewhere, according to Tony James, president of Blackstone Group

  5. Study - Only 30% of institutional hedge fund portfolios beat the benchmark[more]

    Bailey McCann, Opalesque New York: A new study from CEM Benchmarking, an independent provider of cost and performance analysis for pension funds, shows that only 30 percent of institutional investors hedge fund portfolios beat the benchmark after fees. The study provides in depth analysis of real