Opinion Shopping

AAA

DEFINITION of 'Opinion Shopping'

The practice of searching for an outside auditor who will provide an unqualified accountant's opinion. Opinion shopping is practiced by some firms in order to receive a positive opinion of the company's financial records. An accountant's opinion (also called auditor's certificate) is intended to show that the company's financials are fairly presented and that they conform to the generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). This opinion is important to lenders and investors who rely on independent views of a company's books and records when making decisions.

INVESTOPEDIA EXPLAINS 'Opinion Shopping'

Opinion shopping is a dubious practice that involves finding an auditor who will overlook any shortcomings in the company's financial reporting. An accountant's opinion can be qualified or unqualified. If the opinion is qualified, the accountant has questions about the company's accounting principles and/or the scope of the information provided. When a company goes opinion shopping, it is seeking an unqualified opinion that finds the company's financial statements to be fairly presented, in all material respects, and in accordance with GAAP. An unqualified opinion is the most common type of accountant's opinion.

RELATED TERMS
  1. Compulsive Shopping

    An unhealthy obsession with shopping that materially interferes ...
  2. Independent Auditor

    A certified public accountant who examines the financial records ...
  3. Internal Audit

    The examination, monitoring and analysis of activities related ...
  4. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles ...

    The common set of accounting principles, standards and procedures ...
  5. Accountant's Letter

    A letter that usually precedes a financial report. An accountant's ...
  6. Auditor's Report

    Recorded in the annual report, the auditor's report tests to ...
RELATED FAQS
  1. What are some of the key differences between IFRS and U.S. GAAP?

    The International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) - the accounting standard used in more than 110 countries - has some ... Read Full Answer >>
Related Articles
  1. Markets

    Material Adverse Effect A Warning Sign For Stocks

    Learn what this phrase means and how to spot it in a company's financial statements.
  2. Investing Basics

    The Flow Of Company Information

    Learn how to gather all the pieces before you start to put together your puzzle.
  3. Investing

    Off-Balance-Sheet Entities: An Introduction

    The theory and practice of these entities varies greatly. Investors need to learn what they're getting into.
  4. Options & Futures

    Advanced Financial Statement Analysis

    Learn what it means to do your homework on a company's performance and reporting practices before investing.
  5. Investing

    What's a Debit Note?

    A debit note is a document used by a seller to inform a purchaser of a dollar amount owed. As the name indicates, it is a note from the seller that a debit has been made to the purchaser’s account. ...
  6. Investing

    What's Capitalization?

    Capitalization has different meanings depending on the context.
  7. Fundamental Analysis

    The Best 5 Online Accounting Systems For Small Business

    Running a small business can be difficult, but thanks to these online accounting services, taking care of payroll doesn't have to be.
  8. Investing

    Understanding Cost Accounting

    Cost accounting is the method of financially allocating expenses to goods that are manufactured for resale. Cost accounting is also referred to as managerial accounting, because managers use ...
  9. Investing

    What are Prepaid Expenses?

    A prepaid expense is an asset on the balance sheet. Due to accounting principles, expenses are often accrued on the balance sheet and expensed in a later period.
  10. Investing

    What's a Sunk Cost?

    A sunk cost was incurred in the past, is independent of future events and cannot be recouped. Economists teach that sunk costs should not be considered when making a financial decision. Rather, ...

You May Also Like

Hot Definitions
  1. Fixed-Charge Coverage Ratio

    A ratio that indicates a firm's ability to satisfy fixed financing expenses, such as interest and leases. It is calculated ...
  2. Efficiency Ratio

    Ratios that are typically used to analyze how well a company uses its assets and liabilities internally. Efficiency Ratios ...
  3. Fixed Cost

    A cost that does not change with an increase or decrease in the amount of goods or services produced. Fixed costs are expenses ...
  4. Subsidy

    A benefit given by the government to groups or individuals usually in the form of a cash payment or tax reduction. The subsidy ...
  5. Sunk Cost

    A cost that has already been incurred and thus cannot be recovered. A sunk cost differs from other, future costs that a business ...
  6. Technical Skills

    1. The knowledge and abilities needed to accomplish mathematical, engineering, scientific or computer-related duties, as ...
Trading Center