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Banks Express Concerns over FASB Credit Loss Standard

Banking institutions of all sizes are preparing to implement the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s (“FASB”) new standard that requires the calculation of future losses on bad loans versus disclosing losses that have already occurred. While the largest accounting update in years for banks requires an additional workload, some lenders are uncertain about how to sift through their data for estimating future losses and setting aside cash reserves. At the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ National Conference on Banks & Savings Institutions last week, Federal Savings Bank executive vice president and CFO James Brannen touched on the difficulties a small. Read More.

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FASB to Review Guidance on Credit Card Receivables in October

The Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) plans to address concerns over its credit loss standard. Particularly, the FASB may attempt to clarify guidance for banks estimating the life of instruments such as credit card receivables without a specific payoff date. Accounting Standards Update No. 2016-13, Financial Instruments — Credit Losses (Topic 326): Measurement of Credit Losses on Financial Instruments, requires banks to disclose their losses on loans, certain debt securities and receivables. Financial professionals, however, haven’t reached a consensus on how to apply some of the requirements to credit card receivables. The standard calls for lenders to estimate the losses. Read More.

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FASB to Address Troubled Debt Restructurings for Credit Loss Standard

Happening early next month is a discussion on the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s (“FASB”) new banking requirements for calculating losses on bad loans. The discussion on Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) No. 2016-13, Financial Instruments — Credit Losses (Topic 326): Measurement of Credit Losses on Financial Instruments, is expected to clarify how banks and auditors should account for troubled debt restructurings. At the heart of ASU No. 2016-13, which is considered the FASB’s main response to the 2008 financial crisis, is estimating credit losses. One interpretation of the standard suggests troubled debt restructurings to be assessed on a portfolio basis, but. Read More.

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Three Revenue Recognition Working Drafts Published

The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ (“AICPA”) Financial Reporting Executive Committee (“FinREC”) recently published the following working drafts featuring proposed implementation guidance for Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) 2014-09, Revenue from Contracts with Customers (Topic 606): Engineering & Construction Contractors, Issue #4-4: Uninstalled Materials. This working draft covers accounting for items acquired for a construction project but are not immediately installed. Depository and Lending Institutions Revenue, Issue #5-1; Scope Issues. This working draft covers how guidance under Topic 606 is applied to credit card annual fees, deposit-related charges, and servicing and sub-servicing income. Power & Utility Entities, Issue #13-2: Requirements. Read More.

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FASB Rejects Pleas for More Implementation Guidance on Credit Loss Standard

As concerns mount regarding implementation of Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) No. 2016-13, Financial Instruments — Credit Losses (Topic 326): Measurement of Credit Losses on Financial Instruments, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ Private Companies Practice Section Technical Issues Committee (“the Committee”) wants the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) to provide more guidance on the standard. FASB members, however, have no plans to offer additional implementation guidance. Addressing the matter this week with Committee representatives, FASB members said that the board’s credit loss standard for writing down losses on bad loans contains sufficient accounting guidance and examples. FASB Vice Chairman. Read More.

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SEC Asked to Use Principles-Based Approach for Disclosure Updates

In response to the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC”) efforts to amend the disclosure requirements for bank holding companies, one Big Four accounting firm has asked the agency to develop a principles-based framework. One Big Four firm remarked that disclosures under a principle-based approach would better align with how registrants oversee their business. The firm said such disclosures may help financial information users since the requirements allow a registrant to exercise judgment in reviewing how to meet compliance. In addition, the Big Four firm noted that while strict and consistent requirements could help investors compare banks, they typically do not. Read More.

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