#ThrowbackThursday

#TBT: What a Competent American Accountant Made in 1910

Since you guys care so much about salaries, let's talk about what the average accountant made in the year 1910. This was before the The American Association of Public Accountants (AAPA) changed its name to The American Institute of Accountants, which would become the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants in 1957. From this pretty […]

#TBT: Former SEC Chairman Christopher Cox on The SEC’s IFRS Roadmap

The great thing about speeches these days is that they generally live in perpetuity on the Internet, even if the speech-makers would hope that we have forgotten them. Oh, you wish. Today's Throwback Thursday comes from deep in former SEC Chairman Christopher Cox's closet. Made in March of 2007, over a year before the SEC […]

#TBT: The XYZ Credential Was the CGMA of Its Day

I don't know about you but back in 2001, the last thing I cared about was the AICPA as I was too busy trying to squeeze the last bit of free-flowing money out of the spectacularly collapsed dot com bubble in San Francisco at the time. A large majority of you weren't paying attention to […]

#TBT: The Pre-Enron Scandal That Warned Against Big 5 Firms Violating Independence

Just in time for Independence Day! From "The Pwc Scandal Changes Everything," which appeared in Businessweek back in February of 2000: Regulators are putting pressure on the entire profession. The SEC has directed the accounting industry's watchdog, the Public Oversight Board, to investigate seven other major accounting firms. The Big Five are being required to […]

#TBT: Which Former Big 4 CEO Did This Boy Scout Grow Up to Be?

While you're busy pulling out your embarrassing school photos from the 80s, we're digging up oldies from Big 4 hotshots because hey, what else is there to do on a Thursday? Who do we have here on the right? Let's see… squeaky clean, wholesome young man… well that could be anyone, really. Click on over […]

#TBT: We Dug Up One Big 4 CEO’s Graduation Photo

Let's see which Big 4 CEO we have here… Clearly we are referring to the man on the right and not the woman on the left because LOL a woman CEO of a Big 4 accounting firm yeah right! So, who could this be? Click on over to page 2 to find out.The strapping young […]

#TBT: George W. Bush Didn’t Want Arthur Andersen Looking For WMDs That Didn’t Exist

So infamous were Andersen’s false audits that President George W. Bush joked about them at the 2002 annual Alfalfa Club dinner in Washington, D.C. The president claimed he had good news and bad news from Saddam Hussein: “The good news is he is willing to let us inspect his biological and chemical warfare installations. The […]

Look Whose CPA Exam Scores We Dug Up for Throwback Thursday

We had to comb through the Smithsonian to find these ancient scores but we found them! You'll note Colin was one of the last crop of aspiring CPAs to take the pencil and paper exam back when you had to walk uphill both ways to the testing center. The funniest part is the "best wishes […]