Self-Study Course Details
Course Description

In August 2000, the Enron stock price reached an all-time high and the company ranked 5th on the Fortune 500 list. Just one year later, Enron became, at that time, the largest corporate bankruptcy in U.S. history. In this podcast episode, we will look at how Enron exploited accounting tactics, some even legal, to inflate their revenue by over 1,500%, hide billions in debt, and trick most of the business world into believing they were one of the strongest companies in the world. 

We will also walk through the significant regulatory changes in the accounting industry in the aftermath of the Enron scandal. 

Note: You can listen to this podcast episode on Apple or Spotify. If you listen on one of these platforms please return to this course and complete the review and exam questions for CPE credit. 

Learning Objectives
  • Identify how Enron exploited certain accounting standards to inflate their revenue and hide debt.
  • Discover legislative and regulatory changes in the accounting profession in response the Enron scandal.
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Author Details
  • Matthew Briggson
    Matthew Briggson

    Matthew Briggson is a certified public accountant in the State of Michigan and a co-founder of Encoursa LLC, a technology company offering continuing professional education courses to CPAs and other financial professionals. Before founding Encoursa, Matthew spent time in public accounting at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in the Assurance Practice.

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