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  Big Four may be living on borrowed time - Telegraph
Big Four may be living on borrowed time - Telegraph
Big Four may be living on borrowed time
Four years ago the Competition Commission clamped down on "excessive profit-making" by imposing price controls that cost the banks more than £700m a year.
www.telegraph.co.uk /money/main.jhtml?xml=/money/2006/07/04/ccbank04.xml   (1163 words)

  Big Four - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The four largest railway companies in the United Kingdom in the period 1923-1948 were known as the Big Four.
The four major hip hop artists and groups to emerge from the New York hip hop scene during the mid-1990s (The Wu-Tang Clan, Nas, The Notorious B.I.G., and Mobb Deep).
The Big Four Universities of Canada referring to Queen's University, McGill University, University of Toronto, and University of Western Ontario.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Big_Four   (1181 words)

 Big Four auditors - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Big 4 (or the Big Four) is a group of international accountancy firms that handle the vast majority of audits for publicly traded corporations.
The smallest member firm of the Big Five, Arthur Andersen, was indicted for falsifying the finanical statements of Enron, covering up millions of dollars in losses in the 2001 Enron scandal.
Most of its country practices around the world have sold to members of what is now the Big Four, notably Ernst and Young and Deloitte and Touche in the UK.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Big_Four_auditors   (477 words)

 Big Four Ice Caves
Big Four is actually the name of a magnificent mountain on the south wall of the Stillaguarmish River Valley East, Everett, Washington.
The Eastern section of Big Four Ice Caves has a very impressive terminal chamber called the “Waterfall Room.” It is 240 feet high and the water plunging in roars as a jet engine.
The Big Four Ice Caves is a very dangerous place to go into without the knowledge of the dangers of these caves.
glaciercaves.com /html/bigfou_1.HTM   (1280 words)

 News and Events: The Big Four Mural - Thomas M. Cooley Law School
Lansing, Michigan -- A 60-foot by 90-foot mural of four of the most famous jurists in Michigan Supreme Court history now adorns the south side of the Thomas M. Cooley Law School at 217 S. Capitol, Lansing.
The group was known as "The Big Four." The jurists were known in legal circles throughout the country for their insightful decisions, and the Michigan Supreme Court was known at the time as a court of great intellectual leadership.
The vinyl, with the reproduction drawn on by Hendrick, was suspended on a roll.
www.cooley.edu /newsevents/mural.htm   (538 words)

 Big Four Mine, Panamint Valley, California
The Big Four Mine is one of those places that's been on the list of mines to check out, but not a high priority.
The Big Four was discovered in 1907, but little mining was done till it was relocated in 1940 (was it lost?).
Randi climbs up to the Big Four Mine on what used to be the road to the canyon floor.
ghosttownexplorers.org /california/bigfour/bigfour.htm   (445 words)

 USATODAY.com - More firms flee Big Four accountants   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
In two-thirds of the 396 departures, it was the Big Four firm that got the boot.
The Big Four, which rely heavily on recent college grads, assign a partner to every 10 to 12 employees, he says.
The Big Four are too geared for advising big companies that have unlimited resources.
www.usatoday.com /money/companies/management/2004-09-26-big-four_x.htm   (545 words)

 Independents come knocking as Big Four woes set to continue - [Sunday Herald]
A recent joint report by the Big Four – EandY, Deloitte, KPMG and Pricewaterhouse Coopers – concluded that they are effectively “betting the firms” by auditing the figures of plcs and multinationals.
And aware of the effects that unlimited liability is having on their attractiveness as employers and their sustainability, the Big Four have thrown down the gauntlet to the government.
The current vulnerability of the Big Four is grist to the mill for Machray who makes no secret of his ambition to grow fee income of £10.4m to £12m in the year to May 2005.
www.sundayherald.com /42426   (1555 words)

 California State Railroad Museum Foundation - The Big Four
Collis Huntington, Leland Stanford, Charles Crocker and Mark Hopkins, better known to history as the "Big Four," were instrumental in building the Central Pacific Railroad and developing California's railroad system in the years between 1861 and 1900.
Of modest origins, all were born or had lived in upstate New York prior to being drawn West by the Gold Rush.
Eventually the Big Four controlled a far-flung network of railroad enterprises which gave them enormous wealth and political power.
www.csrmf.org /doc.asp?id=279   (193 words)

 Engineering crews check Big Four Bridge
Engineering crews have begun inspecting the old Big Four railroad bridge to determine what work is needed to convert it to a cross-river walkway and a centerpiece of the planned expansion of Louisville's Waterfront Park.
The Big Four plans call for developing a large earthen mound with a spiral walkway to the top of the bridge to provide access on the Kentucky shore.
The Big Four was constructed in the mid-1890s and then rebuilt in 1929.
www.courier-journal.com /apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050709/NEWS01/507090401/1008/NEWS01   (456 words)

 Big Four Blog
If that is resolved, the Big Four firms need to watch their backs as merger of second tier firms could potentially lead to the combined firms taking top spots in country rankings.
And the Big Four firms are an integral part of trust, responsibility and honor that goes with keeping the largest secret in the media world.
In some sense then, the Big Four firms are protected from ever disappearing from the landscape, the industry and investors probably cannot withstand a concentration of power in the hands of a Big Three or a Big Two.
bigfouralumni.blogspot.com   (8058 words)

 Big Four Depot
The "Big Four" Depot is eligible for the National Register because of its association with events that have made a significant contribution to the broad patterns of our history.
The Depot was once the "hub" of the community, and in 1932, it was reported that the "Big Four" had sent 8,760 passenger trains to the Depot in that year alone.
The "Big Four" Depot has held significance in the community from its date of construction in 1887, through the present century, and in its present use as a ballet studio.
madisonrails.railfan.net /aybt.html   (1622 words)

 Fool.com: Big Four Auditors Losing Clients [Motley Fool Take] February 18, 2004
A CFO.com article recently reported some interesting changes in the corporate landscape: Many big companies are no longer paying big accounting firms to audit their books.
The clients, in general, weren't switching to another Big Four firm; instead, the majority were switching to smaller national firms or regional or local auditors.
One possible explanation for this shift is that whereas it may once have looked impressive to have one of the Big Four as your auditor, inspiring trust in shareholders and analysts, recent scandals have tarnished the Big Four.
www.fool.com /News/mft/2004/mft04021801.htm   (356 words)

On the crest of the hill sprawled the homes of the Big Four, the wealthiest and most powerful Californians of their generation.
They complained that the Big Four's transportation monopoly was draining the profit from other business enterprises in the state and that their political machine was corrupting California government.
Anger against the Big Four was frequently expressed in contemporary editorials and political cartoons.
www.californiahistory.net /text_only/7_4_1.htm   (693 words)

 Muscling in on the Big Four?   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
But he rejects the suggestion that it is a formal strategy of the mid-tier to muscle in on a traditional audit territory of the Big Four.
Blewitt agrees that many public companies and their financial advisers suffer from the perception that it could be a “hassle” to opt for a firm other than the Big Four and perhaps lose their institutional investors.
The difference in resources and skills between the Big Four and the Group A firms is no small matter and this is often a problem for large public companies.
www.accaglobal.com /publications/accountingandbusiness/2465142   (1230 words)

 The Big Four - Four Color Pen - www.fourseasons.dayspas.be   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
Big 4 Fabrics is a primary source of Faux Fur fabrics since 1968.
We recognized that Big 4 global alumni are a talented group of highly educated, career-oriented...
Family of four   Four bears waterpark   The big four   Four seasons tree   Four decisionmaking styles  
www.fourseasons.dayspas.be /four-color-pen/the-big-four.html   (601 words)

 CareerJournal | The 'Big Four' Audit Firms Pose Risks for Investors
First, as the news media report, the Big Four are stretched to capacity and focused on their largest and most profitable clients.
Proposed regulatory options -- including mandatory firm rotation or breaking up the Big Four -- are complicated, costly and not in the best interests of the capital markets or the profession.
Outside influencers who limit choice to the Big Four pre-empt the federal mandate to audit committees to evaluate and select auditors.
www.careers.wsj.com /columnists/managersjournal/20050126-managersjournal.html   (715 words)

 A big flop from the 'Big Four' at Sawgrass   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
Phil Mickelson, who opened with four birdies in his first six holes Thursday, shot 77-75 in the closing two rounds, putting three balls in the water on the par-3 17th on Monday.
Tiger Woods, the only member of the Big Four to conquer Sawgrass when he won the Players in 2001, finished worst of the foursome -- never reaching the 60s, shooting 70-73-75-75 for a 5-over 293 total and a tie for 53rd.
The closing holes, the infamous par-3 17th, and the difficult par-4 18th, were especially difficult for the Big Four.
www.golf.com /gdc/news/article.asp?id=31211   (886 words)

 Toronto Golf Nuts - Greater Toronto Area Golf Forum - Big Three, Big Four, or Big Five?
Big 4 since Ernie is still out for a while.
I think it should be the Big Five, give Ernie the benefit of the doubt that he will return and be in his regular form.
I think its the #1 player in the world, and then the 2-4 seeds.....not really a big 3 or big four as there is currently a bit of a gap between current performance between Tiger and the rest.
www.torontogolfnuts.com /showthread.php?t=3736   (646 words)

 (Big Four Memories 1)
Big Four connections with the several RRs in Cincinnati.
The structure to the right is the new Big Four Freight House between Jackson Street and Meridian.
Here is another view of Big 4 mixed train No. 56 at Vienna, Illinois in 1933, showing two of the crew members.
madisonrails.railfan.net /big4memories1.html   (3305 words)

 UWBadgers.com : The Official Badger Athletics Web Site   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
Lennart, also a Milwaukee native and one of just three juniors in the varsity eight last weekend, is a past Big Ten Boat of the Week member from her time with the varsity four as a rookie in 2001.
Part of Wisconsin’s 2003 Big Ten Champion novice eight, she sits in the six seat for the Badgers’ No. 13 varsity eight.
The four new members of the All-Big Ten team join six previous Badgers, including a pair of two-time winners in Bridgid Myers (2001, ‘02) and Marianna Waters (2002, ‘03).
www.uwbadgers.com /sport_news/wcrw/headlines/full_story.aspx?story_id=2004_05_03_15_28_51_wcrw   (380 words)

 Behind John Engler: The Big Four
A supporter of the Mackinac Center and Michigan Family Forum, it is the only member of the Big Four that didn't contribute to TEACH Michigan.
The smallest of the big four, the foundation was started by Peter Cook, an executive of Mazda Distributors Great Lakes in Grand Rapids.
Of the $2 million it handed out in '94, the foundation contributed $25,000 to Focus on the Family and $15,000 to its state affiliate, Michigan Family Forum.
www.metrotimes.com /johnengler/005.html   (447 words)

 Big Four Moves Away from Smaller Clients - - CFO.com
In the first nine months of 2004, Big Four accounting firms resigned from 157 accounts.
That's because Big Four auditors have dropped them — in some cases after years of service.
And with the Big Four stretched thin thanks to Sarbanes-Oxley internal-controls work, they appear to have decided it's better to trim their client lists.
www.cfo.com /article.cfm/3422025/c_3471624?f=home_todayinfinance   (479 words)

 Jones Tops Big Four in TPC at Sawgrass   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
Three of his birdies were inside of 2 feet, while the other four were rolled in from 50, 40, 12 and 10 feet.
Singh was the most successful of the Big Four, finishing three off the pace.
Westwood wasn't surprised at the Big Four's early flop.
www.sfgate.com /cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2005/03/25/sports/s055736S33.DTL   (738 words)

 The Big Four
It’s not the easiest to spot them without a experienced guide and tracker, even if the four beasts are more and more common in Sweden.
All these four predators are by Swedish low protected.
Moose - (European moose; Alces alces) The Scandinavian moose is our largest land living animal, it’s also a food source to the big four...
www.umealven.com /umeriver/the_big_four.html   (450 words)

 Bolting from the Big Four - CFO Magazine - April Issue 2004 - CFO.com
Another 34 percent went with regional or local firms, and the rest moved within the Big Four.
Still, most large companies with global operations require the services of a Big Four auditor to handle their complex financial statements.
He says that only Big Four firms were invited to submit proposals.
www.cfo.com /article.cfm/3012773/c_3046611?f=insidecfo   (669 words)

 Big Four Alumni - Big Four Accounting, Finance, Consulting Firms & Jobs/ Career Services   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
BigFour is a Audit, Tax, Consulting, Legal and IT community for ex-Big Four professionals from Accenture, BearingPoint, CapGemini Ernst and Young,Deloitte and Touche, Ernst and Young, KPMG and PricewaterhouseCoopers.
We recognized that Big Four global alumni are a talented group of highly-educated, career-oriented professionals who have achieved distinction in business, education, and government after leaving the Big Four firms.
Our goal is to be the preferred site for alumni to obtain current events, information, news, career resources, audit clients, and worldwide offices of the Big Four firms; as well as encourage positive discussions and alumni commerce, and highlight alumni achievements.
www.bigfour.com   (159 words)

 Scotsman.com News - Accounting standards in the UK - Big four's dominance of audit queried   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-19)
A GOVERNMENT report into the dominance of the UK's "Big Four" accounting firms has concluded that competition is being hindered and prevents smaller firms from taking a foothold among top listed firms.
All 25 of Scotland's largest listed companies use the Big Four firms, with AG Barr, Scotland's 62nd-biggest company, the largest public to use a mid-tier accounting firm, Baker Tilly.
While yesterday's report said the dominance of the Big Four was not diminishing the quality of auditing, it raised concerns for firms using the services of more than one auditing firm, and that competition was extremely limited.
news.scotsman.com /topics.cfm?tid=496&id=562092006   (637 words)

 Apple - Thoughts on Music
It is near impossible if multiple companies control separate pieces of the puzzle, and all of them must quickly act in concert to repair the damage from a leak.
If the big four music companies would license Apple their music without the requirement that it be protected with a DRM, we would switch to selling only DRM-free music on our iTunes store.
Though the big four music companies require that all their music sold online be protected with DRMs, these same music companies continue to sell billions of CDs a year which contain completely unprotected music.
www.apple.com /hotnews/thoughtsonmusic   (1634 words)

 The Big Four
The Big Four are Instapundit, Andrew Sullivan, Mickey Kaus, and The Volokh Conspiracy.
These four sites are usually visited by news junkies many times a day because they are staffed by bright people and continually updated, and thus they can guide the chattering class to a breaking story or even a hitherto ignored story.
If any of the Big Four reach Drudge-status, it will be as though King Kong, Godzilla, and Mothra all arrived in an Iowa China shop at the same time.
www.weeklystandard.com /Content/Public/Articles/000/000/002/763qkecv.asp   (593 words)

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