CONTINGENCY Definition

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CONTINGENCY is an existing condition involving uncertainty as to possible gain (gain contingency) or loss (loss contingency) that will be resolved by future events. Estimates, such as the useful life of an asset, are not contingencies. Eventual expiration of the asset's utility is not uncertain.

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OPPORTUNISTIC BEHAVIOUR occurs where one party takes advantage of his superior knowledge, in order to further his/her interests, by failing to disclose such information to the other party. This would occur, for example, if a supplier of widgets had information about a product which was deliberately withheld from the potential buyer, in the knowledge that such information would negatively affect the price of the product or the willingness of the buyer to purchase it.

STAFF ACCOUNTANT, on average, is a professional who is a CPA in good standing or CPA candidate with one to three years of professional experience. The staff accountant is supervised in the field by senior personnel and performs tasks such as tests of transactions and preparation of work papers.

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