Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) Standards

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In June 2016, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issued a new accounting standard governing the way companies will evaluate and account for impaired loans and securities. The new standard, ASU 2016-13, replaces the current incurred loss model for calculating the allowance for loan and credit losses with an expected loss model.  As the name suggests, CECL will require companies to take long, forward-looking approach when establishing reserves for loan and credit losses. The CECL standard is effective for SEC registrants in 2020 and all other companies in 2021.  Early adoption of the standard is permitted beginning in 2019. 

CECL probably represents one of the most significant rewrites of U.S. GAAP in the past 40 years. Once implemented, it will fundamentally change how banks and other financial companies recognize credit losses in their loan and held-to-maturity debt security portfolios.

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