ALLL Estimation Methods: Comparing the Old and New Requirements

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On-Demand (OD)     $299.00
Duration: 90 minutes, including question and answer period.
Presenter(s): Gary Deutsch, CPA, president, BRT Publications, LLC
Price: $299.00, On-Demand includes full audio presentation, question and answer session, and presentation slides.
Who Should Attend? CFOs, controllers, financial officers, loan review, internal auditors, audit committee members, asset and liability management committee (ALCO) members, loan administration, loan production, loan operations, anyone involved with the ALLL estimation and approval process

The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) has finally released its long-awaited Accounting Standards Update (ASU) titled Financial Instruments—Credit Losses. The phase-in period has been defined and institutions will have time to adjust to the new ALLL estimation methods.

As you plan for the transition to the new ALLL estimation methods, you will need to know what you can keep and what has to change. In other words, what is the difference between the old and new accounting standards for credit losses?

Here is the most obvious difference. Your ALLL estimate is likely to increase when you have to follow the new estimation approach. Reasons why include:

  • For commercial loans and commercial real estate loans, you will no longer wait until a loan is considered to be “impaired” to include a loss estimate in the ALLL. Instead, a loss estimate will be needed when the loan is underwritten. Furthermore, the loss estimate will be for the life of the loan which means you will need to project potentially substantial losses for loans you just booked.
  • When you make loan commitments to borrowers now, any loss estimates related to those commitments are included in a contingent liability on the institution’s balance sheet that often goes unnoticed. Under the new ASU, those loss estimates will need to be included in the ALLL estimate starting with when you book the loan. This will require another increase in the ALLL and reduction to profits and capital.
  • When you estimate losses now, you only have to determine which loans have “inherent” losses as of the date of your financial statements. This accounting concept means that you have to look backwards from the financial statement date and use historical loss data to only estimate losses that are essentially already happening. Under the new ASU, you will need to look to the future to predict what events might cause losses. This means you will need to rely on economic forecasts and a more in-depth analysis of your institution’s loss history to estimate future losses.


Although the ALLL estimation approach will be significantly different from the current one, your ALLL estimation methods won’t have to change as much. As you begin planning for implementation, you need to know what methods you can keep and which ones have to be changed. This is important because the implementation planning process will involve a fair amount of time and effort, so you don’t want to spend time unnecessarily.

Please join our expert, Gary Deutsch, who will provide you with insight into what has changed between the old and new standards and what you need to do now and plan for the future.


The following crucial issues will be discussed:

  • The implications of the FASB’s proposed CECL model
  • What is changing from current GAAP
  • Methods that could be used to comply
  • How an allowance for expected credit losses estimate could increase from current levels
  • What data and documentation you will need to begin collecting now
  • Changes needed to your ALLL estimation process



Your conference leader for "ALLL Estimation Methods: Comparing the Old and New Requirements” is Gary Deutsch, president, BRT Publications LLC. Mr. Deutsch is a licensed CPA in Maryland and has a B.A. in accounting and an MBA in finance from Loyola University Maryland. He has also achieved the Certified Management Accountant, Certified Internal Auditor and Certified Bank Auditor designations. Mr. Deutsch is the founder and president of BRT Publications LLC.

Mr. Deutsch has trained thousands of financial institution professionals in all aspects of risk management and has written numerous books in the U.S. and Europe on topics such as credit risk, internal audit and compliance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles. Mr. Deutsch has extensive risk management and internal audit experience through his association with financial institutions of all sizes as well as through his role leading the KPMG financial institution consulting practice in the Mid-Atlantic region. QUALITY COMMITMENT

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