Becoming CECL compliant with an ALLL workflow system
While seeking to adapt in an ever-changing regulatory environment, bankers must adhere to heightened data requirements, new calculation procedures, and auditor/examiner scrutiny. Specifically, financial institutions have to complete numerous steps when calculating their allowance for loan and lease losses (ALLL). This can often be time-consuming, especially when multiple individuals are involved in calculating the allowance, and as the calculation extends to a life-of-loan model, the calculation will become increasingly inter-departmental.
Could CECL changes be coming?
The spotlight is shining brightly this month on potential changes to the current expected credit loss (CECL) model, even though the implementation deadline clock is ticking.
What if your CECL results aren’t what you expected?
Financial institutions across the country are now actively preparing for the ALLL transition from the incurred loss to expected loss models. By now, most banks and credit unions are well aware of the methodology options under CECL. However, many are still having challenges interpreting results from their modeling exercises.
FASB seeks comments on proposed CECL updates on accrued interest, recoveries, prepayments
Financial institutions and other parties interested in the current expected credit loss model, or CECL, have until Dec. 19 to comment on FASB's proposals to update its guidance for accounting for credit losses.
FASB meeting: New disclosure requirements related to gross write-offs and recoveries
The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) met today to discuss the current expected credit loss (CECL) accounting standard and expand on implementation issues brought up in the transition resource group meeting in June. The purpose of the transition resource group is to discuss stakeholders’ issues about CECL, to inform the board of the issues, and to provide a forum for stakeholders to learn about implementation experiences of others.
CECL survey: Most bankers to use 3rd-party vendors, advisors for CECL
A majority of bankers expect their financial institutions to use third-party vendors or a combination of advisors and third-party vendors to help implement the current expected credit loss model, or CECL, according to an informal poll released by Sageworks and MST.
Large banks push for a CECL extension
The Bank Policy Institute (BPI), an organization conducting research and advocacy on behalf of America's leading banks, recently wrote a letter to the chairman of the Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC), Stevin Mnuchin, with a request to review the risks associated with the implementation of the new current expected credit loss (CECL) model.
What one bank views as the key decisions ahead of CECL
Financial institutions across the U.S. are grappling with the many changes that will be required as they implement the CECL standard. In fact, some are so overwhelmed that they succumb to "CECL paralysis," or a lack of action, Sageworks analysts have noted. In order to get moving, it can be helpful for financial institutions to understand how others have approached CECL implementation and what key decisions they have tackled early on in the CECL process.
Can a financial institution’s allowance be lower under CECL?
Will examiners challenge financial institutions if the current expected credit loss method (CECL) results in a lower allowance than under the incurred loss model? Banking agencies addressed this question during a recent webcast.
Discounted cash flow: Good to use for CECL?
Discounted Cash Flow (DCF) models, while not widely adopted as a means to account for the allowance for loan and lease losses (ALLL) under ASC 450-20 (current GAAP), have been accepted as best practice for adherence to other analogous accounting standard objectives.
FASB issues draft language on CECL extension
The Financial Accounting Standards Board released the draft of its proposed Accounting Standards Update to clarify the transition for non-public business entities (non PBEs) under the current expected credit loss model, or CECL.
CFO Corner — “ALLL” about CECL
In this occasional feature, CFOs from financial institutions share their approaches to the ALLL and to the CECL transition, as well as advice for keeping the board informed about related matters. Here, Ronald S. Ohsberg, Senior Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of The Washington Trust Company shares advice from his institution.
The biggest initial impact of CECL on financial institutions
Most financial institutions understand CECL, and more specifically applying the CECL model to their loan portfolio, represents the most significant accounting change for financial institutions in recent memory. However, there is less comfort over how the standard will specifically affect each institution.
Credit unions vs. community banks: What are the different CECL challenges?
Community banks and credit unions face different challenges when preparing for the new current expected credit loss model (CECL). Often, credit unions are grouped together with community banks, although their experience will look different when building out their models. What loss rate methodologies are applicable to community banks but not credit unions? What challenges do credit unions face that are unique to their own loss history, portfolio structure and loan count?
Validating ALLL models under CECL – What might change?
What does model validation mean for the allowance for loan and lease losses and what will it mean under CECL? Ever since the 2011 Interagency Guidance (2011-13) was issued and began to be applied to ALLL model, model validation has been going through a maturing process. Every model is different, and there have been some... Read more »
Preparing for CECL questions during upcoming bank exams
Bankers preparing for the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s (FASB) new current expected credit loss model, or CECL, have many questions about implementation, including what to expect in the way of CECL scrutiny during 2018 visits from banking examiners. They got a glimpse of an answer this week when federal banking agencies discussed the topic during a webinar for community bankers about the new credit loss accounting standard.
The two main hidden complexities of CECL
CECL's details have been out for two years, but banks and credit unions may encounter complexities when theory collides with the reality of implementation.
New stress testing reform may have some CECL benefits
Banks with assets between $10 billion and $250 billion will no longer be subject to mandated annual stress testing, whether it be for the Dodd-Frank Act Stress Test (DFAST) or the Comprehensive Capital Analysis and Review (CCAR), due to the passage of a new regulatory relief bill.
Discover these CECL training resources for banks and credit unions
With implementation of the current expected credit loss model, or CECL, quickly approaching, banks and credit unions can benefit from resources and CECL training to help make the transition in their allowance for loan and lease loss calculations.
5 Benefits of leaving behind an Excel-based ALLL model ahead of CECL: One bank’s story
Each institution must consider its own size and complexity in determining the most appropriate approach to CECL. However, one community bank that decided to shift from an Excel-based model to an automated approach ahead of CECL has identified several benefits from its decision.
CECL segmentation of the loan portfolio
The transition to the current expected credit loss model, or CECL, provides an opportunity to revisit loan portfolio segmentation. In the end, whether financial institutions make wholesale changes or instead determine that their current segmentation is optimal for CECL, institutions will need to document how they arrived at their decisions. Here are some tips for CECL segmentation.
Poll: How 254 financial institutions are approaching Q factors under CECL
During a recent webinar, Sageworks Senior Consultant Tim McPeak and Danny Sharman, an implementation consultant, shared tips to help institutions get prepared for the CECL transition. During the presentation, they also discussed current practices regarding the use of qualitative factors, or Q factors, in the allowance and how to prepare for using Q factors under CECL. A poll of 254 webinar attendees showed that Q factors are a common area of questioning by auditors and examiners.
CECL for community banks: A recap of regulators’ webinar
The FDIC and the Federal Reserve Board (FRB), in conjunction with the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB), the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and the Conference of State Bank Supervisors (CSBS), recently hosted a webinar to discuss how smaller, less complex financial institutions can implement CECL. The purpose of the webinar was to help small financial institutions go from theory to application as they prepare for CECL and to dispel myths often associated with FASB’s new standard.
CSBS offers CECL readiness tool
The Conference of State Bank Supervisors (CSBS) released a readiness tool for Accounting Standards Update (ASU) 2016-13, Financial Instruments—Credit Losses (Topic 326). The tool is a downloadable resource that institutions can use to their expected loss implementation planning.
CECL Transition Workshops to Kick Off in March
As part of a three-pronged approach to help Sageworks’ clients transition to the excepted loss accounting standard, Sageworks will kick off in March 2018 a series of CECL Transition Workshops to take place across the country. These events will be open to all financial institutions, not just those who subscribe to the company’s ALLL solution.
Upcoming Webinar: How a Real Bank is Tackling CECL
On January 30, 2018, Sageworks will host a webinar that answers the question many financial institution leaders are asking: what should a real-life bank with real-life data be doing for the current expected credit loss (CECL) model?
CECL: A CEO’s role in improved management of credit losses
There is a reason regulatory agencies are directing their guidance on the new current expected credit loss (CECL) model to the attention of financial institution CEOs. After all, it is top management’s responsibility at the end of the day to ensure the allowance for loan and lease losses (ALLL) is adequate.
The Case for Early Adoption of the FASB’s Current Expected Credit Loss (CECL) Model
The standard, issued in ASU 326 (Financial Instruments – Credit Losses) in June of 2016, contains several timelines for required adoption of the standard depending on the type and existing reporting requirements of the financial institution. While the timelines are (directly) independent of institutional size and complexity, all financial institutions do have one thing in common: For fiscal periods beginning after December 15, 2018, and for interim periods within those years, use of the CECL standard is permitted.
CECL is here – Answering your common questions
For financial services companies, June 2016 was a major milestone with the FASB’s issuance of the new accounting standard for loan losses and held-to-maturity debt securities. Designated the current expected credit loss model (CECL), the standard requires entities to record credit losses at origination based on a life of loan loss concept. This is an extensive, impactful change in accounting guidance, which brings significant questions regarding interpretations, implementation and challenges financial services professionals and others are facing.
Don’t panic about upcoming accounting change
Bankers shouldn't panic about the upcoming CECL standard. What financial institutions can do now is take measured steps to examine their current calculation processes and to communicate with their boards so that institutional panic doesn’t snowball.