FINANCE

1. Give your opinion as to whether or not additional laws and harsher penalties on financial fraud can eliminate or mitigate financial fraud. Support the rationale.

2. Suggest three (3) new strategies that you believe the government can implement to eliminate or mitigate insider trading. Provide a rationale to support the suggestion.

3. In this case study, leaked merger and acquisition information was used to enable the fraud. Determine the key internal controls needed over the communication of confidential information to outside parties, and analyze the manner in which these controls act as a deterrent to fraudulent activities.

4. Pretend you are Donna Murdoch in this case study and propose an alternative plan to act on the leaked information. Next, recommend one (1) strategy to communicate the alternative plan and determine whom the plan should be communicated with. Justify the response.

5. In this case study, E&Y was providing a consulting service to The Blackstone Group related to its planned acquisition of Freescale Semiconductor. Compare and contrast the different auditor’s professional responsibilities between consulting engagements and audit engagements.

6. Take a position on whether more legislative and/or regulatory agency oversight will increase or decrease corporate fraud. Provide a rationale to support the position.

7. Use at least two (2) quality academic resources in this assignment. Note: Wikipedia and similar type Websites do not qualify as academic resources.

Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:

· Apply APA standards to citation of sources

· No more than four (4) bullets per slide

· No more than six (6) words per bullet

· Headings:Times New Roman Font:36 Points

· Bullets:Times New Roman Font:24 Points

· Add bulleted speakers notes

· Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student’s name, the professor’s name, the course title, and the date.

The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

· Examine the various types of financial fraud and the auditor’s responsibilities related to fraud detection.

· Evaluate the legal environment for liability related to financial audits and the proactive activities that a professional may take to prevent litigation.

· Use technology and information resources to research issues in auditing.

· Write clearly and concisely about auditing using proper writing mechanics.

Grading for this assignment will be based on answer quality, logic / organization of the paper, and language and writing skills, using the following rubric.

Points: 360 Assignment 3: Freescale Semiconductors, Inc. 
Criteria Unacceptable

Below 70% F

Fair

70-79% C

Proficient

80-89% B

Exemplary

90-100% A

1. Give your opinion as to whether or not additional laws and harsher penalties on financial fraud can eliminate or mitigate financial fraud. Support the   rationale.

Weight: 10%

Did not submit or incompletely gave your opinion as to whether or not additional laws and harsher penalties on financial fraud can eliminate or mitigate financial fraud. Did not submit or incompletely supported the rationale. Partially gave your opinion as to whether or not additional laws and harsher penalties on financial fraud can eliminate or mitigate financial fraud. Partially supported the rationale. Satisfactorily gave your opinion as to whether or not additional laws and harsher penalties on financial fraud can eliminate or mitigate financial fraud. Satisfactorily supported the rationale. Thoroughly gave your opinion as to whether or not additional laws and harsher penalties on financial fraud can eliminate or mitigate financial fraud. Thoroughly supported the rationale.
2. Suggest three (3) new strategies that you believe the government can implement to eliminate or mitigate insider trading. Provide a rationale to support the suggestion. Weight: 15% Did not submit or incompletely suggested three (3) new strategies that you believe the government can implement to eliminate or mitigate insider trading. Did not submit or incompletely provided a rationale to support the suggestion. Partially suggested three (3) new strategies that you believe the government can implement to eliminate or mitigate insider trading. Partially provided a rationale to support the suggestion. Satisfactorily suggested three (3) new strategies that you believe the government can implement to eliminate or mitigate insider trading. Satisfactorily provided a rationale to support the suggestion. Thoroughly suggested three (3) new strategies that you believe the government can implement to eliminate or mitigate insider trading. Thoroughly provided a rationale to support the suggestion.
3. Determine the key internal controls needed over the communication of confidential information to outside parties, and analyze the manner in which these controls act as a deterrent to fraudulent activities.

Weight: 15%

Did not submit or incompletely determined the key internal controls needed over the communication of confidential information to outside parties; did not submit or incompletely analyzed the manner in which these controls act as a deterrent to fraudulent activities. Partially determined the key internal controls needed over the communication of confidential information to outside parties; partially analyzed the manner in which these controls act as a deterrent to fraudulent activities. Satisfactorily determined the key internal controls needed over the communication of confidential information to outside parties; satisfactorily analyzed the manner in which these controls act as a deterrent to fraudulent activities. Thoroughly determined the key internal controls needed over the communication of confidential information to outside parties; thoroughly analyzed the manner in which these controls act as a deterrent to fraudulent activities.
4. Pretend you are Donna Murdoch in this case study and propose an alternative plan to act on the leaked information. Next, recommend one (1) strategy to communicate the alternative plan and determine whom the plan should be communicated with. Justify the response.

Weight: 15%

Did not submit or incompletely pretended you are Donna Murdoch in this case study and did not submit or incompletely proposed an alternative plan to act on the leaked information. Did not submit or incompletely recommended one (1) strategy to communicate the alternative plan and determine whom the plan should be communicated with. Did not submit or incompletely justified the response. Partially pretended you are Donna Murdoch in this case study and partially proposed an alternative plan to act on the leaked information. Partially recommended one (1) strategy to communicate the alternative plan and determine whom the plan should be communicated with. Partially justified the response. Satisfactorily pretended you are Donna Murdoch in this case study and satisfactorily proposed an alternative plan to act on the leaked information. Satisfactorily recommended one (1) strategy to communicate the alternative plan and determine whom the plan should be communicated with. Satisfactorily justified the response. Thoroughlypretended you are Donna Murdoch in this case study and thoroughly proposed an alternative plan to act on the leaked information. Thoroughly recommended one (1) strategy to communicate the alternative plan and determine whom the plan should be communicated with. Thoroughly justified the response.
5. In this case study, E&Y was providing a consulting service to The Blackstone Group related to its planned acquisition of Freescale Semiconductor. Compare and contrast the different auditor’s professional responsibilities between consulting engagements and audit engagements.

Weight: 10%

Did not submit or incompletely compared and contrasted the different auditor’s professional responsibilities between consulting engagements and audit engagements. Partially compared and contrasted the different auditor’s professional responsibilities between consulting engagements and audit engagements. Satisfactorilycompared and contrasted the different auditor’s professional responsibilities between consulting engagements and audit engagements. Thoroughly compared and contrasted the different auditor’s professional responsibilities between consulting engagements and audit engagements.
6. Take a position on whether more legislative and / or regulatory agency oversight will increase or decrease corporate fraud. Provide a rationale to support the position.

Weight: 10%

Did not submit or incompletely took a position on whether more legislative and / or regulatory agency oversight will increase or decrease corporate fraud. Did not submit or incompletely provided a rationale to support the position. Partially took a position on whether more legislative and / or regulatory agency oversight will increase or decrease corporate fraud. Partially provided a rationale to support the position. Satisfactorily took a position on whether more legislative and / or regulatory agency oversight will increase or decrease corporate fraud. Satisfactorily provided a rationale to support the position. Thoroughly took a position on whether more legislative and / or regulatory agency oversight will increase or decrease corporate fraud. Thoroughly provided a rationale to support the position.
7. 2 references (or number in the assignment)

Weight: 5%

No references provided Does not meet the required number of references; some or all references poor quality choices. Meets number of required references; all references high quality choices. Exceeds number of required references; all references high quality choices.
8. Writing Mechanics, Grammar, and Formatting

Weight: 5%

Serious and persistent errors in grammar, spelling, punctuation, or formatting. Partially free of errors in grammar, spelling, punctuation, or formatting. Mostly free of errors in grammar, spelling, punctuation, or formatting. Error free or almost error free grammar, spelling, punctuation, or formatting.
9. Appropriate use of APA in-text citations and  reference section

Weight: 5%

Lack of in-text citations and / or lack of reference section. In-text citations and references are provided, but they are only partially formatted correctly in APA style. Most in-text citations and references are provided, and they are generally formatted correctly in APA style. In-text citations and references are error free or almost error free and consistently formatted correctly in APA style.
10. Information Literacy/Integration of Sources

Weight: 5%

Serious errors in the integration of sources, such as intentional or accidental plagiarism, or failure to use in-text citations. Sources are partially integrated using effective techniques of quoting, paraphrasing, and summarizing.

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Sources are mostly integrated using effective techniques of quoting, paraphrasing, and summarizing. Sources are consistently integrated using effective techniques of quoting, paraphrasing, and summarizing.
11. Clarity and Coherence of Writing

Weight: 5%

Information is confusing to the reader and fails to include reasons and evidence that logically support ideas. Information is partially clear with minimal reasons and evidence that logically support ideas. Information is mostly clear and generally supported with reasons and evidence that logically support ideas.

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Information is provided in a clear, coherent, and consistent manner with reasons and evidence that logically support ideas.

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