SR 16-19:

Frequently Asked Questions on the Current Expected Credit Losses Methodology (CECL)

BOARD OF GOVERNORS
OF THE FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20551

DIVISION OF
SUPERVISION AND REGULATION

SR 16-19
December 19, 2016

TO THE OFFICER IN CHARGE OF SUPERVISION AT EACH FEDERAL RESERVE BANK

SUBJECT:

Frequently Asked Questions on the Current Expected Credit Losses Methodology (CECL)

Applicability:  This guidance applies to all Federal Reserve supervised financial institutions,1 including those with $10 billion or less in consolidated assets, that file regulatory reports prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP)2.

The Federal Reserve, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the National Credit Union Administration, and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (the agencies) are issuing frequently asked questions (FAQs) to aid institutions in their implementation of the new accounting standard for credit losses recently issued by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB).3  These FAQs expand upon the agencies' June 2016 Joint Statement on the New Accounting Standard on Financial Instruments – Credit Losses.4  The agencies plan to issue a series of FAQs between now and the implementation date of the standard to address questions on the implementation of CECL.  The first set of FAQs are attached this this letter.  The agencies will periodically update the FAQs and, therefore, institutions are encouraged to check this letter and the Board's public website for new FAQs or revisions to a previously issued FAQ.5

Reserve Banks are asked to distribute this letter to the supervised institutions in their districts, as well as to appropriate supervisory and examination staff.  Questions regarding this letter should be directed to the following staff in the Board's Accounting Policy section:  Lara Lylozian, Manager, at (202) 475-6656; and Matthew Kincaid, Senior Accounting Policy Analyst, at (202) 452-2028.  In addition, questions may be sent via the Board's public website.6

signed by
Michael S. Gibson
Director
Division of
Supervision and Regulation

Cross References:
  • SR letter 16-12, "Interagency Guidance on the New Accounting Standard on Financial Instruments – Credit Losses"
  • SR letter 13-19 / CA letter 13-21, "Guidance on Managing Outsourcing Risk"
  • SR letter 06-17, "Interagency Policy Statement on the Allowance for Loan and Lease Losses (ALLL)"
  • SR letter 01-17, "Final Interagency Policy Statement on Allowance for Loan and Lease Losses (ALLL) Methodologies and Documentation for Banks and Savings Institutions"
  • SR letter 95-42, "Allowance for Loan and Lease Losses for U.S. Branches and Agencies of Foreign Banking Organizations"
  • SR letter 95-4, "Allowance for Loan and Lease Losses for U.S. Branches and Agencies of Foreign Banking Organizations"
Notes:
  1. This includes state member banks, bank and savings and loan holding companies, Edge Act and agreement corporations, and U.S. branches and agencies of foreign banking organizations (FBOs).  Return to text
  2. U.S. branches and agencies of FBOs may choose to, but are not required to, maintain an allowance for loan losses on an office level.  These institutions should refer to the instructions for the FFIEC 002, "Report of Assets and Liabilities of U.S. Branches and Agencies of Foreign Banks," as well as SR letter 95-4, "Allowance for Loan and Lease Losses for U.S. Branches and Agencies of Foreign Banking Organizations," and SR letter 95-42, "Allowance for Loan and Lease Losses for U.S. Branches and Agencies of Foreign Banking Organizations."  Return to text
  3. Refer to Accounting Standards Update No. 2016-13, Financial Instruments–Credit Losses (Topic 326):  Measurement of Credit Losses on Financial Instruments.  Return to text
  4. See SR letter 16-12, "Interagency Guidance on the New Accounting Standard on Financial Instruments – Credit Losses."  Return to text
  5. See https://www.federalreserve.gov/bankinforeg/topics/accounting.htm.  Return to text
  6. See http://www.federalreserve.gov/apps/contactus/feedback.aspx.  Return to text
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