Under the surface of the current anti-capitalist protests, from Wall Street to the City of London, is a decade-old sore that never healed. On October 16 2001, Enron hosted the earnings call that first alerted the world to the toxicity of its off-balance-sheet arrangements. It triggered a death spiral. By December 2, Enron was bankrupt. Within a year, Arthur Andersen, its auditor, had disintegrated.
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