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U.S. House Members Express CECL Concerns to FASB

Sixty-two members of the United States House of Representatives signed a Member Letter to the Chairman of the Financial Accounting Standards Board to express their strong concern about FASB’s proposed Current Expected Credit Loss (CECL) model. The CECL model would require banks to estimate loan losses on individual loans the day they are made and adjust the estimated losses throughout the life of the loans. The concept of recording a loan loss on day-one flies in the face of the plain logic that a loan is good the day it’s made otherwise you wouldn’t make the loan. Predicting losses on loans that currently qualify, and which mature in 5, 10 or 30 years, will be pure speculation.

The House members stated “FASB must proceed with utmost caution … as [CECL] has the potential to irreversibly damage community banks”. They went on to recommend a “method for determining expected losses should be simple, straightforward, and easy to apply. A requirement that uses complex, theoretical forecasting models, determining each loan’s probability of failure based on a wide range of economic factors, is impractical, costly, and time consuming for community banks.” Read U.S. House Member Letter to FASB.

CBAI thanks Illinois Congressmen Mike Bost (R-12), Rodney Davis (R-13), Bill Foster (D-11), Randy Hultgren (R-14), and Mike Quigley (D-05) for signing the U.S. House Member Letter to FASB that urges caution, suggests better alternatives and requests a response to their thoughtful questions and concerns. 

February 2, 2016