IFRS 9 (the new accounting standard) is fast approaching with many organisations already in full swing in terms of development and with their chasing pack firmly in the planning stages for design and build. But just how ready are you for the impending changes?
IFRS9 (the new accounting standard) is fast approaching with many organisations already in full swing in terms of development and with their chasing pack firmly in the planning stages for design and build. But just how ready are you for the impending changes?
IFRS 9 is the new accounting standard from the International Accounting Standards Board for credit losses on portfolios of loans. It will come into effect in most jurisdictions for reporting periods starting January 2018. One of the key principles is that lenders should use relevant data that is reasonably available to assess the appropriateness of credit provisions.
Right now, most organisations are well on their way to coming up with a compliant solution for IFRS 9. Management are starting to understand the direct impact to their P&L (profit and loss) although thought naturally moves to the other impacts of the implementation of this regulation.
IFRS9 is the new accounting standard from the IASB for credit losses on portfolios of loans that is expected to come into effect in January 2018 across at least 96 of 174 jurisdictions around the globe. Work in many banks and lenders is well progressed towards meeting the reporting deadline. I will not repeat the considerations required in the building of a new provision process here as that has been well covered in many places previously.
Finance services regulation is difficult to get right – knee jerk reactions often lead to unintended consequences and potentially the roots of the next bubble or crisis.
Regulations that aim to increase understanding of risks for management, investors and the general public are effective, self-reinforcing and are likely to change emergent behaviour. Market wide stress testing initiatives have been particularly powerful in this regard – by requiring banks to consider explicitly the worst scenarios and publish the outcomes, the market has been driven to protect and plan for those events.
Another interesting consideration ahead of the impending accounting standard IFRS 9, is the effect this could have on valuation and pricing. Under IAS39 you only consider lifetime losses when the impairment event has already happened so you only hold a small amount of provision for your entire up to date book.
At this stage, most organisations are well on their way to coming up with a compliant solution for the new accounting standard IFRS9, which becomes mandatory on 1 January 2018. Management teams are also starting to understand the direct impact of IFRS9 to their profit and loss (P&L) and as a result, thought naturally leans towards the secondary impacts of the implementation of this regulation.