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A guide to the popular and fast growing investment opportunities of smart beta Equity Smart Beta and Factor Investing for Practitioners offers a hands-on guide to the popular investment opportunities of smart beta, which is one of the fastest growing areas within the global equity asset class. This well-balanced book is written in accessible and understandable terms and contains an in-depth manual filled with analytical information and new ideas. The authors--noted experts in the field--include a definition of smart beta investing and detail its history. They also explore the distinguishing characteristics of smart beta strategies, offer an overview of factor investing, and reveal the implementation of smart beta approaches. Comprehensive in scope, the book contains helpful examples of applications, real-life illustrative case studies, and contributions from leading and respected practitioners that explain how they approach smart beta investing. This important book: Contains an in-depth exploration of smart beta investing Includes the information written in clear and accessible language Presents helpful case studies, illustrative examples, and contributions from leading and respected experts Offers a must have resource coauthored by the Head of Goldman Sachs' equity smart beta business Written for investors who want to tap into the opportunities that smart beta offers, Equity Smart Beta and Factor Investing for Practitioners is the comprehensive resource for learning how to create more efficient overall equity portfolios.
The bestselling classic from the "Sherlock Holmes of Accounting"-updated to reflect the key case studies and most important lessons from the past quarter century. This fourth edition of the classic guide shines a light on the most shocking frauds and financial reporting offenders of the last twenty-five years, and gives investors the tools they need to detect: *Corporate cultures that incentivize dishonest practices*The latest tricks companies use to exaggerate revenue and earnings*Techniques devised by management to manipulate cash flow as easily as earnings*Companies that use misleading metrics to fool investors about their financial performance*How companies use acquisitions to hide deterioration in their underlying business This new edition focuses on the key case studies and most important lessons from the past quarter century, and brings you up to date on accounting chicanery in the global markets. Howard Schilit and his team of renowned forensic accounting experts expose financial reporting miscreants and unveil the latest methods companies use to mislead investors. You'll learn everything you need to know to unearth deceptive reporting and avoid costly mistakes.
This updated and improved guide is designed to help CPAs effectively perform service organization control (SOC) 1 engagements under Statement on Standards for Attestation Engagements (SSAE) No. 16, Reporting on Controls at a Service Organization. With the growth in business specialization, outsourcing to service organizations has become increasingly popular, increasing the demand for SOC 1SM engagements. This guide will help you: * Gain a deeper understanding of Service Organization Control Guidance and common practice issues, giving you the foundational knowledge to effectively perform engagements. * Provide best in class services related to planning, performing, and reporting on a service auditor s engagement. * Successfully complete the transition from SAS No. 70, Service Organizations, to SSAE No. 16, Reporting on Controls at a Service Organization (issued in April 2010). * Understand the kinds of information auditors of the financial statements of user entities need from a service auditor s report. * Implement SSAE No. 16 requirement regarding obtaining a written assertion from management of a service organization by providing illustrative management assertion for a type 1 and type 2 report. * Provide management representation letters and control objectives for various types of service organizations. In addition, this guide contains over 20 illustrative service auditor s reports to help you with situations that may require modification of the report. This guide has been fully conformed to reflect changes resulting from the clarified auditing standards.
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