New CECL Q&A Available

Thoughtware Article Published: Jul 29, 2019
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FASB has issued a second question and answer (Q&A) document that covers a number of issues related to the CECL model, including:

Reasonable & Supportable Forecasts

  • Does the application of the word forecast infer computer-based modeling analysis is required?
  • If an entity’s actual credit losses differ from its estimate of expected credit losses, is it required to modify its forecasting methodology?
  • Is an entity required to consider all sources of available information when estimating expected credit losses?
  • What if external data are not costly, but internal data are more relevant to an entity’s loss calculation? Is the entity required to obtain and/or use the external data?
  • Should an entity use external data to develop estimates of credit losses if internal information is available?
  • May the length of reasonable and supportable forecast periods vary between different portfolios, products, pools and inputs?
  • Does an entity need to include the full contractual period (adjusted for prepayments) in its estimate of the reasonable and supportable forecast period?
  • Should an entity re-evaluate its reasonable and supportable forecast period each reporting period?
  • Is an entity required to correlate reasonable and supportable forecasts to macroeconomic data, such as nationwide or statewide data?
  • When developing a reasonable and supportable forecast to estimate expected credit losses, is probability weighting of multiple economic scenarios required?

Historical Loss Information

  • Can an entity’s process for determining expected credit losses consider only historical information?
  • How should an entity determine what historical loss information to use when estimating expected credit losses?
  • Is there a standard threshold that can be used to adjust historical loss information?

Reversion to Historical Loss Information

  • What should an entity do if it cannot forecast estimated credit losses over the entire contractual term (adjusted for prepayments)?
  • Can an entity adjust the historical loss information used in the reversion period for existing economic conditions or expectations of future economic conditions when developing estimates of expected credit losses?
  • Is an entity required to revert to historical loss information on a straight-line basis?

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