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Friday, April 29, 2005

Worthwhile legislation

the Sarbanes-Oxley Act has proven costly to public companies and has reduced their willingness to take risks, the legislation was necessary to maintain the perception of fairness in America’s equity markets, according to Raj Aggarwal, Kent State University’s chair of corporate finance.

The act, passed by Congress in 2002 in the wake of corporate accounting scandals at Enron and Worldcom, will cost businesses about $4.4 million on average this year, Dr. Aggarwal said today at a meeting of the Cleveland chapter of the CFA Society, a group that promotes ethical practices among financial analysts.

That figure applies to companies with about $5 billion in annual sales. He said the cost probably would go down by as much as 25% next year and in subsequent years as companies gain familiarity with the act’s requirements.

After the value of many people’s pensions crashed from holding stocks like Enron, “Congress had to do something,” Dr. Aggarwal said. However, “Congress is not the most informed decision maker when it comes to regulating business,” he said.

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Three guys: a Canadian, Osama bin Laden, and Uncle Sam are out walking together one day. They come across a lantern and a genie pops out of it.
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Voodoo Enronomics

Feudalism: You have two cows. Your lord takes some of the milk.
Fascism: You have two cows. The government takes both, hires you to take care of them and sells you the milk.

Communism: You have two cows. You must take care of them, but the government takes all the milk.

Capitalism: You have two cows. You sell one and buy a bull. Your herd multiplies, and the economy grows. You sell them and retire on the income.

Enron Capitalism: You have two cows. You sell three of them to your publicly listed company, using letters of credit opened by your brother-in-law at the bank, then execute a debt-equity swap with an associated general offer so that you get all four cows back, with a tax exemption for five cows. The milk rights of the six cows are transferred through an intermediary to a Cayman Island company secretly owned by the majority shareholder who sells the rights to all seven cows back to your listed company. The Enron annual report says the company owns eight cows, with an option on one more.

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