Small and midsize lenders bide time on new accounting rule


More than a third of executives surveyed by Sageworks have little or no familiarity with a proposed new FASB rule which could force lenders to boost reserves held against troubled loans. More than half say they're not planning on modifying their processes until after the rule is implemented (could come by year-end).

The changes wouldn't take effect until 2017 or 2018, but banks need to start getting ready to amass data now, says Sageworks, as they'll "need a lot more granular data" on individual loans - three or four years worth - to deal with the new regime.

The new rule would require banks to record losses based on future projections of loans going bad, rather than the current practice of waiting to record losses until they actually occur.

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