NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Kroll Bond Rating Agency (KBRA) releases this month’s edition of the Bank Treasury Newsletter Chart Deck, which focuses on the new accounting rule, Current Expected Credit Losses (CECL), scheduled to come into effect at the start of the new year. Further, the chart deck discusses how CECL could have hypothetically impacted bank balance sheets had it been in effect before the last financial crisis.
The main takeaway is that the banking industry over-reserved for credit losses under existing generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), and that switching to CECL will lead to the sector holding higher reserves compared to existing levels—which seems like overkill. FDIC data suggests that community banks began to build up reserves in anticipation of a downtown as early as 2005, and that over 35 years, the banking industry’s net charge-off rate averaged 0.8%, compared to an average nonperforming loan rate of 2.2%.
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