Developing Legal Documents | Contract and Disclosure Tool

In a world of big data and automation, many financial institutions and legal advisors still spend an extraordinary amount of time creating the legal documentation for new financial instruments and their ongoing surveillance. RiskSpan’s Contract and Disclosure Tool, reduces the risk, time, and expenses associated with the process (patent pending). The Tool automates the generation…

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SOFR, So Good? The Main Anxieties Around the LIBOR Transition

SOFR Replacing LIBOR The London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) is going away, and the international financial community is working hard to plan for and mitigate risks to make a smooth transition. In the United States, the Federal Reserve’s Alternative Reference Rates Committee (ARRC) has recommended the Secured Overnight Financing Rate (SOFR) as the preferred replacement rate. The New York Fed began publishing SOFR regularly on April 3,...

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What is LIBOR and why is it Going Away?

What is LIBOR The London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) is a reference rate, and over time since the 1980s has become the dominant rate for most adjustable-rate financial products. A group of banks (panel banks) voluntarily report the estimated transaction cost for unsecured bank-to-bank borrowing terms ranging from overnight to one year for various currencies....

RiskSpan Director David Andrukonis Featured on The Purposeful Banker Podcast

RiskSpan’s CECL Soution Director David Andrukonis was a featured guest on PrecisionLender’s podcast, The Purposeful Banker in their recent episode titled “Is your Bank Ready for CECL” David summarized the major takeaways from a recent CECL conference, including regulator signals of forthcoming capital relief and emerging practices around reasonable and supportable forecast period length (16:19);…

Recent FASB Updates Related to CECL

Implementing CECL has brought about a host of accounting and other technical questions. The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) works with the industry through a series of meetings to identify these questions, evaluate industry feedback, and periodically issue clarifying statements. We will continuously publish summarized points of interest from these meetings as they arise.

Basel III Capital Requirements and CECL

With the upcoming implementation of IFRS 9 in 2018, the discussion of Basel III capital requirements is gaining importance. The relationship between capital and provisions for loan-loss has been a topic of discussion as the world moves towards mandating loss provisioning by looking out over the life of a financial asset. How will this new credit-loss approach for provisioning affect regulatory capital?

What Data Do I Need For CECL Modeling?

Even with CECL compelling banks to collect more internal loan data, we continue to emphasize profitability as the primary benefit of robust, proprietary, loan-level data. Make no mistake, the data template we outline below is for CECL modeling. CECL compliance, however, is a prerequisite to profitability. Also, while third-party data may suffice for some components of the CECL estimate, especially in the early years of implementation, reliance on third-party data can drag down profitability. Third-party data is often expensive to buy, may be unsatisfactory to an auditor, and can yield less accurate forecasts. Inaccurate forecasts mean volatile loss reserves and excessive capital buffers that dilute shareholder profitability. An accurate forecast built on internal data not only solves these problems but can also be leveraged to optimize loan screening and loan pricing decisions.