ICBA Urges You to Read the Summary of the FASB Proposal Below and Sign the Petition
The Financial Accounting Standards Board has proposed an Accounting Standards Update on credit losses that will require every community bank in the country to revise the way they account for their loan loss reserves (ALLL) and the way they account for their securities. Please read the Summary below, the Questions and Answers, and sign the Petition which urges FASB to re-propose a simpler and more straightforward proposal that would not harm the nation’s community banks and Main Street, USA. Also, we encourage you to send a comment letter to FASB (firstname.lastname@example.org) expressing your views on the proposal. A link to a sample letter is provided below. Please use this letter as a guide and customize to your bank’s specific concerns.
FASB’s Proposed Accounting Standards Update: Financial Instruments—Credit Losses
The proposal front loads the recognition of credit losses—although the proposal shifts recognition of credit losses to an earlier point in the credit cycle when compared with today’s incurred loss model, the day one loss recognition concept creates an immediate day one loss that penalizes community banks for investing in loans and securities.
The proposal requires complex modeling—community bank underwriting is superior because these institutions have tremendous knowledge of the local community, the borrower, and the borrower’s ability to repay a loan based on a historical banking relationship that may stretch over many years. If community banks are required to invest in and maintain complex, dynamic forecasting and modeling tools, the bank’s ability to offer highly tailored financing solutions in the community would be hampered resulting in immediate harm to local economies.
The proposal is expensive—community banks would be required to source various data points about economic conditions and conduct variance analysis on how models differ from actual results over time. At least two projected expected loss scenarios would need to be generated for each loan. Community banks would be required to dedicate valuable resources and money to model selection, testing, production, and maintenance. Coupled with extensive data sourcing, warehousing, and administration, the proposed expected loss model limits the potential for increased loan growth and economic expansion in the local community.
Alternative Proposal for Financial Institutions
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