BIG BANG Definition

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BIG BANG are changes in UK stock exchange practices that took place in 1986. They permitted institutions such as banks and insurance companies to own stock exchange subsidiaries, abolished the segregation between brokers and jobbers and ended the system of fixed commissions.

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SOFT ASSETS are human resources (people, skills and knowledge) and intangible assets (information, brands, and reputation). Soft assets are hard to value and are not usually reflected in the books of account, nor are they typically subjected to periodic inventory. See also HARD ASSETS.

AUDIT ADJUSTMENT is a correction of a financial information misstatement identified by the auditor, whether recorded or not.

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