Pass Burden of Conducting Financial Audits to Financial Auditing Service Vendors

An audit is the procedure of gathering and assessing the facts by a capable independent individual with reference to quantifiable data of a particular financial establishment in order to verify and report upon the variations found between the information prepared and the recognized standards, if any. The application of this notion to the financial statements of the organization is referred to as financial auditing. GAAS stands for ‘Generally Accepted Auditing Standards’ and gives explanation of a list of formal and informal rules recognized as the basis for auditors to provide financial auditing services and getting their performance reviewed. These are comprised of laws, proclamations from professional or regulatory institutions, lawful verdicts in cases relating to auditors. Every country sets these principles for itself.

The report prepared by the auditors, popularly known as audit report, comprises of their views regarding statements, the outcome of their concern on internal controls and conclusions on the assessment of the information in relation to compliance with the established criteria. They are required to be devised as per the General Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).So, an auditor tests that whether the on the whole, the financial statements are presented according to the set GAAP. Auditors, also comprehend the efficiency existing internal controls in the entity and suggest measures, if required, for the improving the effectiveness of these internal controls. The auditors will carry out an analysis to establish conformity of financial statements with the rules and regulations .In addition, the auditors will discuss with the management on the subjects of the ways of preparation of accounting information and evaluate this information for reliability through management’s reactions in the discussions, statements which have been audited, and other facts obtained during the inspection of the financial statements.

For the owner of a business in UK, it is complicated and a lengthy process to get financial audit done through its own staff. It would also prove to be an expensive process as well as the owner would still be worried as employees of the business may not be specialized in this area. Thus, in today’s corporate scenario, most of the businesses engage the firms which are expert in rendering financial audit which include financial auditing services and wish good bye to the auditing troubles.

Author of this article is an internal auditor of a well-known entity and offers quality best financial auditing to that entity.

Will mortgage securitization pass or fail in the future?

Question by : Will mortgage securitization pass or fail in the future?
Will securitization of mortgages succeed or fail in the future markets? What are some reasons why or why not?

I was asking more about the general process of the secondary mortgage market where there is securitization of mortgages. (mortgages are pooled together with hundreds or thousands of others, where investors can they invest in them).
Also, do you have any idea what an IO trigger is? an advantage and disadvantage of an IO trigger? I’m not really sure what it means?

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Answer by Immortal
Are you talking about the CMO and CDO where there are various different tranches to invest in?

Yes, that sounds very much like CDO/CMO investment. In that case, I don’t think anyone who knows about the true nature of CDO/CMO would bother to invest in it, and ultimately cause it to cease to exist.

Because these kind of securitization is used to reallocate all the mortgages’ risks (prepayment risk, default risk, interest rate risk, etc) into several different tranches. Some of the tranches will overcompensate the investors based on lower-than-average risks, while some other tranches will be undercompensated based on higher-than-average risks. The average that I mean refers to the average risks of the whole mortgages included in the securitization.

For a smart investor, he will invest in the tranches that overcompensate him. In other words, he was supposed to get average return at average risk if there was no segregation of mortgages by tranches, but because there’s segregation based on tranches, this smart investor will buy the tranches that give him higher return at average risk, or average return at lower risk.

That will leave out the other tranches that undercompensate any investors stupid enough not to realize they are being undercompensated. So these investors will take the most brunt in case of defaults. Even though these tranches are undercompensating, those who package the securitization can make them look very attractive to attract ignorant investors. Only then can all the tranches be sold out. Or else you’ll have half of them sold out and the other half unwanted.

When people get more educated about the nature of these kind of investments, they will stay out of the other half that undercompensate them. Then the party that have liability to the unsold securities will have to continue to bear the mortgage risks. That’s not the purpose of securitization in the first place. Securitization comes with the purpose to transfer the mortgage risk to the buyers, both the smart and the stupid.

I don’t know what you mean by IO trigger, but I know IO stands for Interest Only, which means your investment will receive interest payment only. There will not be any principal amortization. And the higher the interest rates, the lower will be the prepayment rate, and the more certain you’ll continue receiving interest payments into the future.

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