Watchdog Transparency Blog

Watchdog Transparency Blog

In our Blog we take a critical look at public company disclosures and focus on issues surrounding transparency, reliability and accuracy. It you are looking for cheerleading, you have come to the wrong place. We rely on information from the best sources available to gain insight into companies and make predictions about what will happen in the future. Nothing in business is certain, so sometimes we will be wrong, but we will always be an independent voice telling you the truth as we see it.

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Early Retirement for Target's CFO


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Updated November 21, 2019: We are updating our original blog on Target. First, we note that Ms. Cathy Smith, stepped-down officially on November 1, 2019 and her replacement was named at the same time. Specifically, her replacement is a Target insider. At a time we believe a new and fresh perspective about Target’s PPE is needed, Target went the other way and appointed Michael J. Fiddelke, 43, as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Fiddelke appears to have originally joined Target as a 29 year-old and has stayed loyal to Target since then.

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Hunter Biden: Was He Paid Appropriately as an Independent Director?


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Burisma is a private company and Reuters estimates that it only brings in $400 million a year in revenue. In our analysis, we would expect an independent director like Hunter Biden to make between $55,000—$83,000 a year at Burisma. If Hunter made $83,333 a month as reported by Reuters, then he made over 12 times what a typical independent director at a private company would make.

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Tesla Part VI: Is Musk Truskworthy? Or Will Investors be Gored in the Latest Running of the Bulls?


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Tesla’s stock price is notoriously volatile. When a profit was recorded in the third quarter, the stock jumped from about $250 a share to over $310 a share. This volatility reflects the volatility of Musk himself, who has gotten himself into so much trouble with his twitter account that he has agreed to have a lawyer act as his twitter babysitter.

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Tesla Part V: Is Tesla’s Financial Reporting Reliable?


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Tesla supporters have been reveling in the third quarter results that showed Tesla turning an operating profit for the first time this year. Tesla’s stocks have shot up dramatically based on the good news.

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Tesla Part IV: SolarCity—The Zombie That Musk Can’t Get Away From


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In Parts I, II, and III, we took a deeper look at their recent CFO change, their loss of four Directors, and the loss of the confidence of some of their biggest institutional investors. In each of these indicators there is a possible inference that insiders at the company know about something rotten in Tesla that is obscured from the ordinary shareholders. In this post we will take a deep dive into the SolarCity acquisition and look at the reliability of Musk and Tesla’s statements surrounding the acquisition.

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Tesla Part III: The Smart Money Is Getting Out of Tesla


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In Parts I and II we looked at Tesla’s latest CFO change and the decision by four of its Directors to not stand for reelection. Today we will look some indicators that measure the confidence that institutional investors have in Tesla, and how decreasing confidence by some institutional investors has made it safer, in some sense, to buy Tesla’s stock.

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Tesla Part II: Just How Unusual Is It For Four Directors To Decline Reelection In The Same Year?


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In Part I of our series on Tesla, we discussed what historical data can tell us about the probability that class action suits, material weaknesses, or even restatements will occur when there is an alarming CFO change. In this post we will look at some historical data to provide context to the decision by four directors of Tesla to decline to stand for reelection.

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Total articles: 37(page 2 of 6 with 7 articles)
Watchdog Transparency Blog

Watchdog Transparency Blog

In our Blog we take a critical look at public company disclosures and focus on issues surrounding transparency, reliability and accuracy. It you are looking for cheerleading, you have come to the wrong place. We rely on information from the best sources available to gain insight into companies and make predictions about what will happen in the future. Nothing in business is certain, so sometimes we will be wrong, but we will always be an independent voice telling you the truth as we see it.

Articles

Articles

Early Retirement for Target's CFO


Posted on

Updated November 21, 2019: We are updating our original blog on Target. First, we note that Ms. Cathy Smith, stepped-down officially on November 1, 2019 and her replacement was named at the same time. Specifically, her replacement is a Target insider. At a time we believe a new and fresh perspective about Target’s PPE is needed, Target went the other way and appointed Michael J. Fiddelke, 43, as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Fiddelke appears to have originally joined Target as a 29 year-old and has stayed loyal to Target since then.

Posted in

Hunter Biden: Was He Paid Appropriately as an Independent Director?


Posted on

Burisma is a private company and Reuters estimates that it only brings in $400 million a year in revenue. In our analysis, we would expect an independent director like Hunter Biden to make between $55,000—$83,000 a year at Burisma. If Hunter made $83,333 a month as reported by Reuters, then he made over 12 times what a typical independent director at a private company would make.

Posted in

Tesla Part VI: Is Musk Truskworthy? Or Will Investors be Gored in the Latest Running of the Bulls?


Posted on

Tesla’s stock price is notoriously volatile. When a profit was recorded in the third quarter, the stock jumped from about $250 a share to over $310 a share. This volatility reflects the volatility of Musk himself, who has gotten himself into so much trouble with his twitter account that he has agreed to have a lawyer act as his twitter babysitter.

Posted in

Tesla Part V: Is Tesla’s Financial Reporting Reliable?


Posted on

Tesla supporters have been reveling in the third quarter results that showed Tesla turning an operating profit for the first time this year. Tesla’s stocks have shot up dramatically based on the good news.

Posted in

Tesla Part IV: SolarCity—The Zombie That Musk Can’t Get Away From


Posted on

In Parts I, II, and III, we took a deeper look at their recent CFO change, their loss of four Directors, and the loss of the confidence of some of their biggest institutional investors. In each of these indicators there is a possible inference that insiders at the company know about something rotten in Tesla that is obscured from the ordinary shareholders. In this post we will take a deep dive into the SolarCity acquisition and look at the reliability of Musk and Tesla’s statements surrounding the acquisition.

Posted in

Tesla Part III: The Smart Money Is Getting Out of Tesla


Posted on

In Parts I and II we looked at Tesla’s latest CFO change and the decision by four of its Directors to not stand for reelection. Today we will look some indicators that measure the confidence that institutional investors have in Tesla, and how decreasing confidence by some institutional investors has made it safer, in some sense, to buy Tesla’s stock.

Posted in

Tesla Part II: Just How Unusual Is It For Four Directors To Decline Reelection In The Same Year?


Posted on

In Part I of our series on Tesla, we discussed what historical data can tell us about the probability that class action suits, material weaknesses, or even restatements will occur when there is an alarming CFO change. In this post we will look at some historical data to provide context to the decision by four directors of Tesla to decline to stand for reelection.

Posted in
Total articles: 37(page 2 of 6 with 7 articles)
Watchdog Transparency Blog

Watchdog Transparency Blog

In our Blog we take a critical look at public company disclosures and focus on issues surrounding transparency, reliability and accuracy. It you are looking for cheerleading, you have come to the wrong place. We rely on information from the best sources available to gain insight into companies and make predictions about what will happen in the future. Nothing in business is certain, so sometimes we will be wrong, but we will always be an independent voice telling you the truth as we see it.

Articles

Articles

Early Retirement for Target's CFO


Posted on

Updated November 21, 2019: We are updating our original blog on Target. First, we note that Ms. Cathy Smith, stepped-down officially on November 1, 2019 and her replacement was named at the same time. Specifically, her replacement is a Target insider. At a time we believe a new and fresh perspective about Target’s PPE is needed, Target went the other way and appointed Michael J. Fiddelke, 43, as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Fiddelke appears to have originally joined Target as a 29 year-old and has stayed loyal to Target since then.

Posted in

Hunter Biden: Was He Paid Appropriately as an Independent Director?


Posted on

Burisma is a private company and Reuters estimates that it only brings in $400 million a year in revenue. In our analysis, we would expect an independent director like Hunter Biden to make between $55,000—$83,000 a year at Burisma. If Hunter made $83,333 a month as reported by Reuters, then he made over 12 times what a typical independent director at a private company would make.

Posted in

Tesla Part VI: Is Musk Truskworthy? Or Will Investors be Gored in the Latest Running of the Bulls?


Posted on

Tesla’s stock price is notoriously volatile. When a profit was recorded in the third quarter, the stock jumped from about $250 a share to over $310 a share. This volatility reflects the volatility of Musk himself, who has gotten himself into so much trouble with his twitter account that he has agreed to have a lawyer act as his twitter babysitter.

Posted in

Tesla Part V: Is Tesla’s Financial Reporting Reliable?


Posted on

Tesla supporters have been reveling in the third quarter results that showed Tesla turning an operating profit for the first time this year. Tesla’s stocks have shot up dramatically based on the good news.

Posted in

Tesla Part IV: SolarCity—The Zombie That Musk Can’t Get Away From


Posted on

In Parts I, II, and III, we took a deeper look at their recent CFO change, their loss of four Directors, and the loss of the confidence of some of their biggest institutional investors. In each of these indicators there is a possible inference that insiders at the company know about something rotten in Tesla that is obscured from the ordinary shareholders. In this post we will take a deep dive into the SolarCity acquisition and look at the reliability of Musk and Tesla’s statements surrounding the acquisition.

Posted in

Tesla Part III: The Smart Money Is Getting Out of Tesla


Posted on

In Parts I and II we looked at Tesla’s latest CFO change and the decision by four of its Directors to not stand for reelection. Today we will look some indicators that measure the confidence that institutional investors have in Tesla, and how decreasing confidence by some institutional investors has made it safer, in some sense, to buy Tesla’s stock.

Posted in

Tesla Part II: Just How Unusual Is It For Four Directors To Decline Reelection In The Same Year?


Posted on

In Part I of our series on Tesla, we discussed what historical data can tell us about the probability that class action suits, material weaknesses, or even restatements will occur when there is an alarming CFO change. In this post we will look at some historical data to provide context to the decision by four directors of Tesla to decline to stand for reelection.

Posted in
Total articles: 37(page 2 of 6 with 7 articles)
Watchdog Transparency Blog

Watchdog Transparency Blog

In our Blog we take a critical look at public company disclosures and focus on issues surrounding transparency, reliability and accuracy. It you are looking for cheerleading, you have come to the wrong place. We rely on information from the best sources available to gain insight into companies and make predictions about what will happen in the future. Nothing in business is certain, so sometimes we will be wrong, but we will always be an independent voice telling you the truth as we see it.

Articles

Articles

Early Retirement for Target's CFO


Posted on

Updated November 21, 2019: We are updating our original blog on Target. First, we note that Ms. Cathy Smith, stepped-down officially on November 1, 2019 and her replacement was named at the same time. Specifically, her replacement is a Target insider. At a time we believe a new and fresh perspective about Target’s PPE is needed, Target went the other way and appointed Michael J. Fiddelke, 43, as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Fiddelke appears to have originally joined Target as a 29 year-old and has stayed loyal to Target since then.

Posted in

Hunter Biden: Was He Paid Appropriately as an Independent Director?


Posted on

Burisma is a private company and Reuters estimates that it only brings in $400 million a year in revenue. In our analysis, we would expect an independent director like Hunter Biden to make between $55,000—$83,000 a year at Burisma. If Hunter made $83,333 a month as reported by Reuters, then he made over 12 times what a typical independent director at a private company would make.

Posted in

Tesla Part VI: Is Musk Truskworthy? Or Will Investors be Gored in the Latest Running of the Bulls?


Posted on

Tesla’s stock price is notoriously volatile. When a profit was recorded in the third quarter, the stock jumped from about $250 a share to over $310 a share. This volatility reflects the volatility of Musk himself, who has gotten himself into so much trouble with his twitter account that he has agreed to have a lawyer act as his twitter babysitter.

Posted in

Tesla Part V: Is Tesla’s Financial Reporting Reliable?


Posted on

Tesla supporters have been reveling in the third quarter results that showed Tesla turning an operating profit for the first time this year. Tesla’s stocks have shot up dramatically based on the good news.

Posted in

Tesla Part IV: SolarCity—The Zombie That Musk Can’t Get Away From


Posted on

In Parts I, II, and III, we took a deeper look at their recent CFO change, their loss of four Directors, and the loss of the confidence of some of their biggest institutional investors. In each of these indicators there is a possible inference that insiders at the company know about something rotten in Tesla that is obscured from the ordinary shareholders. In this post we will take a deep dive into the SolarCity acquisition and look at the reliability of Musk and Tesla’s statements surrounding the acquisition.

Posted in

Tesla Part III: The Smart Money Is Getting Out of Tesla


Posted on

In Parts I and II we looked at Tesla’s latest CFO change and the decision by four of its Directors to not stand for reelection. Today we will look some indicators that measure the confidence that institutional investors have in Tesla, and how decreasing confidence by some institutional investors has made it safer, in some sense, to buy Tesla’s stock.

Posted in

Tesla Part II: Just How Unusual Is It For Four Directors To Decline Reelection In The Same Year?


Posted on

In Part I of our series on Tesla, we discussed what historical data can tell us about the probability that class action suits, material weaknesses, or even restatements will occur when there is an alarming CFO change. In this post we will look at some historical data to provide context to the decision by four directors of Tesla to decline to stand for reelection.

Posted in
Total articles: 37(page 2 of 6 with 7 articles)

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