INTERNAL AUDIT is an independent appraisal function established within an organization to examine and evaluate its activities as a service to the organization. The objective of internal auditing is to assist members of the organization in the effective discharge of their responsibilities. To this end, internal auditing furnishes them with analyses, appraisals, recommendations, counsel, and information concerning the activities reviewed. The audit objective includes promoting effective control at reasonable cost. Occasionally a corporation may contract an external auditor or firm to conduct its internal audit function.
SUBSTANTIATED is where the subject is supported with proof or evidence.
INTEREST DATES are the dates on which interest is payable to the holders of bonds: for government, corporate and municipal bonds, twice a year; for mortgage-backed securities, every month, and for foreign securities typically once a year.
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