Audit Expectations during the CECL Transition

The AICPA CECL auditing subgroup is meeting regularly to set industry-wide standards for how CECL will be approached from an audit and assurance perspective. Early takeaways from the group’s work have indicated a clear bias toward practices that produce a sound, defensible allowance for credit losses as well as model evaluation efforts that ensure internal controls and transparency.

CECL: Synthesizing Complexities to a Board

The current expected credit loss standard, or CECL, has been called one of the biggest changes ever to accounting for financial institutions, and every bank and credit union in the U.S. must assess CECL’s impact on its processes and on the allowance. With the change comes new roadblocks, one of which is explaining the complexities of CECL to a board in a straight-forward and clear manner.

CECL WARM Method – What to Know and How to Use It

In this webinar, hear from Abrigo Advisory Services members and CPAs Jared Mills and Baker Eddraa as they discuss in more detail the pros and cons of the remaining life methodology and guide institutions on when they should be using it for CECL.

How a Financial Institution is Getting CECL Ready: Key Decisions and Steps in the CECL Transition

In this webinar, hear from a VP/Controller, VP/Director of Credit Risk, and Senior Credit Risk Analyst at Great Southern Bank, and from the Bank’s Advisory team at Abrigo on their experiences with CECL so far, the decisions they have or are planning to make, and their expectations for the future. Great Southern Bank operates out of Springfield, Mo., and has total assets of approximately $4 billion.

CECL in the News: What’s New & How It Might Affect Your Institution’s CECL Implementation

With less than a year until public business entities must begin complying with CECL, banks and credit unions have been fervently beginning transition efforts, and their preparations are taking center stage in regulatory and financial news. Important CECL news updates and potential changes to how institutions implement the accounting standard have come from the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) and their Transition Resource Group, bank and securities regulators, and proposals by industry associations.

A practical CECL transition: Preparing with only one year left

As financial institutions plan for their respective deadlines to implement the current expected credit loss (CECL) model, some are deliberating on what they should do in their final year to get ready. ASU 2016-13 is effective for public entities for fiscal years beginning after Dec. 15, 2019.

Interpreting CECL Modeling Results

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.

Subjective CECL Qualitative Adjustments and Forecasts Under the CECL Model

As institutions approach the transition from the incurred loss model to the current expected credit loss model for estimating the ALLL, there are many questions around the subjective aspects of the new standard. This session will look at the relationship between qualitative adjustments and “reasonable and supportable” forecasts under CECL estimates and key considerations for how institutions will apply them.

CECL webinar panel: Answers to your top questions

The transition to the FASB’s CECL accounting standard is well underway for many financial institutions. In this panel discussion, hear from a banker, three auditors and two consultants from Abrigo, MST, Grant Thornton, BKD, Camden National Bank and PWC who are helping thousands of institutions through this critical change.

Best Practices for Running and Validating a CECL Model

In the past, implementing a change like CECL would be a matter of mapping the right data and “turning on a switch.” This is no longer the case. The CECL timeline and transition process spans over several years and involves numerous functional departments at both banks and credit unions. This joint-webinar between Abrigo and Smarter Risk Management goes over how to build a CECL model and have it successfully validated.

CECL: Hidden Complexities for Credit Unions

In this 45 minute webinar, Jared Mills of the Abrigo Advisory Group will discuss the hidden complexities when simple, expedient approaches for measurement under the CECL accounting standard are applied to credit union loan portfolios. Having worked at a credit union before as an Assistant Director of Accounting, he will discuss the impact, control and structural complexities that he knows are relevant to the industry.

CECL: The Hidden Complexities to Simple Approaches For Community Institutions

In this one-hour webinar, Garver Moore of the Abrigo Advisory Group will discuss the hidden complexities when simple, expedient approaches for measurement under the CECL accounting standard are applied to portfolios from $10MM to $10B. Combining research with a client case study.