AUDIT TRAIL Definition

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AUDIT TRAIL is a step-by-step record by which financial, business, and quality assurance data can be traced to its source. For example: checking the validity of an accounting entry through the step-by-step record by which accounting data can be traced to their source.

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NONSAMPLING RISK is audit risk not due to sampling. An auditor may apply a procedure to all transactions or balances and fail to detect a material misstatement. Nonsampling risk includes the possibility of selecting audit procedures that are not appropriate to achieve a specific objective. For example, confirming recorded receivables cannot reveal unrecorded receivables. Nonsampling risk can be reduced to a negligible level through adequate planning and supervision.

NEGOTIABLE CERTIFICATE OF DEPOSIT is a security generally issued in increments of $1 million and, if created in good delivery form, salable in the national market through a securities dealer or a bank investment depart­ment prior to maturity.

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