CECL Transition Workshops to Kick Off in March
As part of a three-pronged approach to help Abrigo’ clients transition to the excepted loss accounting standard, Abrigo 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.
Peer Group Comparisons for the ALLL
For this ALLL benchmarks to be significant, however, requires the institution to have a valid and comparable peer group from which the benchmark allowance to total loans is calculated. In a recent Abrigo User Group, Abrigo consultants and attendees discussed meaningful peer groups as they related to portfolio management.
Life of Loan Concept
The more forward-looking CECL model will require institutions to adopt a methodology that takes into account the lifetime of the loan. This will require institutions to gather significantly more data components in order to perform the calculation.
With the transition to the CECL model, institutions will likely need to rely on archived loan-level detail. This could include individual loan segmentation, individual charge-offs and recoveries, risk ratings by individual loan, loan balances and duration.
IASB’s IFRS 9
On July 24, 2014, the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) issued its own standard for accounting for credit losses, IFRS 9 Financial Instruments. Under this model, financial institutions must account for expected credit losses when they are first recognized, as well as recognize expected losses over the life of the loan.