Benchmarking CECL models

CECL will have the most significant impact on American banking since the Dodd-Frank Act was adopted. Models currently being developed indicate that bank profitability—and bank department profitability—will be affected as institutions charge for credit loss provisions on new loans and credit downgrades on existing loans.

GCD will be working with Accenture and the IIF to help U.S. financial institutions benchmark their CECL models as they are developed. GCD will conduct deep methodological and calibration surveys and benchmarking studies in 2018. Institutions that would like to participate in the CECL work should contact Steve Bennett.

Step 1 is a deep CECL Methodology survey sponsored by Global Credit Data, the IIF and Accenture. The survey is intended to provide comparative information on bank’s planned methodologies for implementation of CECL. The questions are focused on credit data and modeling for the C&I CRE and Consumer portfolios. We plan to follow the survey with a benchmarking exercise to commence in the early fall.

We expect to provide a summary report and analysis to participants by mid-August. In addition, the anonymized data can be made available so that banks can conduct their own analysis.

The survey was designed to be completed in less than 40 minutes. Respondents will be able to choose from a menu of methodologies. We received substantial input by leading practitioners to ensure that questions where relevant and methodology choices comprehensive. The deadline for completion of the survey is July 31, 2018

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