The Significance of IFRS 9 for Financial Stability and Supervisory Rules

15-10-2015

This paper examines the interaction of the IFRS 9 expected credit loss model with supervisory rules and discusses potential implications for financial stability. IFRS 9 is more closely aligned with bank supervision, incorporates earlier and larger impairment allowances, and thus, is likely to mitigate the procyclical tendencies of the IAS 39 incurred loss approach. Combined with improved transparency, IFRS 9 might enhance financial stability. However, the potential benefits of the standard will crucially depend on its proper and consistent application. This document was provided by Policy Department A at the request of the ECON Committee.

This paper examines the interaction of the IFRS 9 expected credit loss model with supervisory rules and discusses potential implications for financial stability. IFRS 9 is more closely aligned with bank supervision, incorporates earlier and larger impairment allowances, and thus, is likely to mitigate the procyclical tendencies of the IAS 39 incurred loss approach. Combined with improved transparency, IFRS 9 might enhance financial stability. However, the potential benefits of the standard will crucially depend on its proper and consistent application. This document was provided by Policy Department A at the request of the ECON Committee.