The Auditing Standards Board recently issued eight new auditing standards, Nos. 104-111, collectively referred to as the risk assessment standards. The new standards will change many of the planning and risk assessment procedures performed during an audit (though most of the steps performed throughout the audit process remain largely the same).Implementation of the new standards should increase the effectiveness of financial statement audits, as auditors will now be required to:

* Obtain a greater understanding of the entity and its environment, including its internal control;

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