Harry Huizinga, Luc Laeven, 29 May 2019

A high procyclicality of banks’ loan loss provisioning is undesirable from a financial stability perspective, as it implies that bank capitalisations are more negatively affected at the trough of the business cycle, exactly when capital market conditions for banks are at their weakest. This column finds that provisioning procyclicality in the euro area is about twice as high as in other countries. This has important implications for the supervision of euro area banks going forward.

Fernando Restoy, Raihan Zamil, 06 April 2018

The shift from incurred to expected loss provisioning under IFRS 9 is one of the most important changes in the history of financial reporting of banks, and materially alters the way banks value loans and calculate credit loss provisions. This column outlines the major changes and associated implementation challenges and identifies steps that market participants and supervisors can take to facilitate high-quality implementation of the accounting standard.  

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