Two more service providers are joining forces to help finance companies navigate the complicated protocols associated with upcoming changes implemented by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB).
Equifax and Wolters Kluwer’s Finance, Risk & Reporting (FRR) business are teaming up to provide an end-to-end current expected credit losses (CECL) solution. The companies are combining their respective CECL offerings and capabilities to help financial institutions comply with new standards instituted by FASB for a complete solution designed to ensure an integrated and supportable framework.
The companies reiterated these new CECL standards will take effect in the first quarter of 2020 for financial institutions that are registered with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and in the first quarter of 2021 for financial institutions that are not registered with the SEC. The OneSumX CECL solution leverages Wolters Kluwer’s integrated finance, risk and reporting platform, enabling compliance with all CECL requirements, from data management and governance, to credit risk models, expected credit loss calculations, accounting and disclosures.
OneSumX CECL, which will now house Equifax’s SmartReserve models, also leverages its accounting framework with Wolters Kluwer’s Regulatory Update Service (RUS) to apply and maintain all required allowance accounting, producing all FASB mandated disclosures. Equifax’s SmartReserve offering can help SEC-registered financial institutions comply with CECL requirements by obtaining the necessary historical loan performance data and insights for compliance with the standard. The models within SmartReserve use robust historical data, producing a reliable life of loan loss estimates.
Equifax highlighted SmartReserve can offer flexibility for benchmarking and assumption setting using historical performance by product, geography, score range and vintage to establish guardrails and benchmarks for CECL analysis. The solution also can help banks develop loss rate assumptions that provide additional support to CECL model outputs for discussions with regulators. The data can allow customers to compare portfolio loss performance with peer banks to inform the bank’s credit policy and improved credit decision making.
Wolters Kluwer FRR, which is part of Wolters Kluwer’s governance, risk and compliance division, is a global market leader in the provision of integrated regulatory compliance and reporting solutions, supporting regulated financial institutions in meeting their obligations to external regulators and their own boards of directors.