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2019 Audit Committee Transparency Barometer

Although growth has been steady in the amount of information provided in audit committee disclosures, significant opportunities continue to exist to enhance transparency in this area, according to the 2019 edition of the Audit Committee Transparency Barometer. A report issued jointly by the CAQ and Audit Analytics, the Barometer tracks S&P Composite 1500 proxy disclosures […]

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Profession in Focus: Communicating the Commitment to Audit Quality

This edition of Profession in Focus features Christopher Tower, National Assurance Managing Partner for Audit Quality and Professional Practice at BDO USA LLP. Tower provides an overview of the many ways that BDO communicates the firm’s strong commitment to audit quality, both externally and internally. He also provides insights into how BDO developed its 2019 […]

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2019 Main Street Investor Survey

The CAQ’s Main Street Investor Survey annually measures retail investor confidence in US capital markets, global capital markets, public companies, and audited financial information. In 2019, key findings from the survey include the following: 74% of US investors express confidence in US capital markets. 76% of US investors have confidence in US companies that are […]

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Investor Relations: Get Up to Speed Now on Critical Audit Matters

Starting in the summer of 2019, auditors will be required to communicate critical audit matters (CAMs) in their auditor’s reports. Investors with questions about CAMs may turn to a company’s investor relations (IR) group for answers. To help inform IR professionals as they prepare for those conversations, the CAQ has developed this list of frequently […]

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Emerging Technologies, Risk, and the Auditor’s Focus: A Resource for Auditors, Audit Committees, and Management

Emerging Technologies, Risk, and the Auditor’s Focus explores financial reporting implications of the evolving use of technology such as artificial intelligence, the internet of things, and smart contracts. As the resource highlights, a solid understanding of the benefits and risks of these technologies is necessary for auditors, audit committees, and management to execute their respective […]

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Curated sets of resources on key topics related to audit quality and financial reporting.

Audit Committee Issues

Policymakers across the globe increasingly recognize the vital role of audit committees and their importance to audit quality. In close collaboration with partner organizations, the CAQ is actively engaged in policy developments related to audit committees.

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Audit Quality Indicators

The CAQ has been at the forefront of the movement to develop quantitative and qualitative metrics regarding the audit—commonly referred to as audit quality indicators (AQIs)—that could be used to better inform audit committees about key matters that may contribute to the quality of an audit.

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Auditor Reporting

Engaging constructively with policymakers and key stakeholders, the CAQ and its members have made substantial and practical contributions to ongoing efforts to enhance information presented in the auditor’s report to investors and other users.

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Audits of Brokers and Dealers

A significant portion of the CAQ’s member firms audit brokers and dealers. The CAQ monitors and provides resources to aid its membership in this area, which is a focus for policymakers.

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Cybersecurity

A complex and evolving issue, cybersecurity has serious implications for public companies, their boards, investors, and other stakeholders. The CAQ works to illuminate the role of auditors in this critical area.

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Fighting Fraud

The CAQ produces a range of resources to promote deterrence and detection of financial reporting fraud. Additionally, the CAQ is a founding member of the Anti-Fraud Collaboration, which unites organizations representing members of the financial reporting supply chain.

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ICFR

Robust internal control over financial reporting (ICFR) is a keystone of investor confidence. The CAQ has advanced the discussion around ICFR and produced a range of resources on the issue.

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Sarbanes-Oxley

The enactment of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) of 2002, a law aimed at fostering more reliable financial reporting and enhancing audit quality, was a watershed moment for investors, public company auditors, and the markets. The CAQ has worked to create understanding of the impact of this important law. It has opposed efforts to weaken SOX section 404(b), which provides investors with important assurance by the independent auditor regarding management’s representations about the effectiveness of their company’s internal control over financial reporting (ICFR).

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