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It is expected that IFRS9 adoption should lead to an increase in provisions (initially a balance sheet / retained earnings adjustment only with commentary on retrospective impacts). Typically, the increase is mostly a result of loss provisions for all accounts (regardless of a loss event) and the extension of the loss period from a typical 12 months to lifetime (e.g. for structured loans the remaining term of the loan plus time to default/write-off plus the recoveries window).
As part of the group that was the second company worldwide to become IFRS9 compliant, IFRS9 has been at the forefront of what we do. We have assisted nearly 20 companies on their IFRS9 journey over the last two years. This blog forms part of a more extensive series on IFRS9.
The International Accounting Standards Board published IFRS9 Financial Instruments in July 2014, a framework that introduces a number of new principles into bad debt provisioning that would require lenders to change the provisioning methodology and possibly some business practices in order to remain compliant.
Credit companies are facing an increasingly volatile global financial climate. A person has to look no further than the impact the unexpected Brexit results have had on the global market. And if that’s not enough, the highly accelerated pace of technological development means that companies need to always be prepared to update their processes and methodologies to accommodate ever-changing client needs and to mitigate risk.