McKenna Featured By Chicago Magazine

I am immensely grateful for the support of all journalists but I’m especially gratified by the support and encouragement of those in my hometown of Chicago.

It’s a curious thing that I have never been quoted in the Sun Times or Crain’s Chicago Business, and only once in the Chicago Tribune.  The accounting industry is immensely important to the Chicago metropolitan area – jobs, charitable support, civic pride, and tax revenue. Maybe that’s why local media goes out of its way to tell the public relations version of what the audit firms are up to and don’t report on the underbelly – litigation, client failures, layoffs,  and potential complicity on public corruption.

So it is with great pride that I thank Chicago Magazine – now owned by the Chicago Tribune – and Whet Moser Associate Digital Editor and a contributor to the magazine’s staff blog, The 312, for a recent mention.

Whet, like a lot of other intelligent folks, was baffled by the use of the word “vaporized” by the Wall Street Journal to try and explain what happened to the missing MF Global customer $1.6 billion – give or take a few hundred million.

Please go and read the rest of the story there.

Whet has also mentioned me here, here, here, and here in the past.

The 312

One of the weirder headlines of our postmodern financial era came in the wake of MF Global’s collapse: the money “vaporized.” What, exactly, happens when money vaporizes? Does it dry up, like a raisin in the sun? Or does it explode? Water is often used as a metaphor for money—it flows, pools, and dams up. Maybe it can turn into vapor, too!

Local financial journalist Francine McKenna, who runs the invaluable Re: The Auditors and who also writes for Forbes and American Banker, recently discussed this question on the Kaiser Report. She’s a former accountant, so some of the things she’s talking about are fairly arcane, at least for a layman. But I was comforted by the fact that her interviewer, a Wall Street vet, seemed just as perplexed as me, not to mention the rest of the world.

2 replies
  1. Charlie Quinn
    Charlie Quinn says:

    Your incredulous reaction to Jon Corzine’s brazen admission that he “LOST” 1.5 billion dollars resonates with me.
    What is not being discussed is the accounting mismanagement (or is the word MISAPPROPRIATION the better word).
    What should be discussed is the total lack of interest, zeal or enthusiasm displayed by ERIC HOLDER the erstwhile Attorney General of the United States.
    Holder is OIbama’s “hack” prosecutor whose mission in life is to discourage prosecution of Goldman-Sachs alumni and their miscreant behavior.
    Holder was in the Clinton Justice Department in 2000. In those last final days of the Clinton presidency , as George Bush , was about to
    walk in the front door of the White House, Holder endorsed and recommended the pardon of MARK RICH, the convicted fraud and embezzler
    hiding out in Switzerland. Nothing will ever happen to Corzine under Atty General Holder

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