Banks are pressing regulators to ease capital rules to reflect the risk-reducing effect of higher loan loss reserves under new accounting standards.
According to an impact study by the European Banking Authority, IFRS 9 will force banks to increase loan loss provisions by as much as 30% and could cut Common Equity Tier 1 (CET1) ratios by up to 75 basis points. The equivalent US accounting standard – the Current Expected Credit Loss (Cecl) rule – could pack an even bigger punch.
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