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Nevan McBride, Risk Practice Director

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Nevan McBride

Risk Practice Director

The countdown to IFRS 9 implementation has well and truly begun. In less than two years, on January 1st 2018, IFRS 9 will take effect. Although the deadline isn’t until 1 January 2018, the reality is that the changes need to be in place at least a year before in order for them to reflect the impact on opening balances. This gives firms only one year to overhaul their systems.

Since this is impacting so many stakeholders, financial institutions generally have indicated they want to use a year for a parallel run. Many financial institutions see this parallel run as a buffer to absorb any overruns within previous planning.

Jaywing is working with organisation's who have made significant headway towards IFRS 9 implementation and that’s given us a lot of insight on the current and perceived issues organisations face in achieving this transition.

From my experience of working with many different banks, the greatest challenge for organisations is the shift from an incurred loss model to forward-looking provisioning based on expected loss modelling.

While the requirement to assess lifetime expected losses may present a challenge, it is expected that many lending organisations have the broad foundations in place on which to build a fully compliant solution. 

By the end of 2016, leading organisations will have completed the design and build of models, and have validated the models in order to gain governance approval prior to implementation and parallel run.    

The implications of IFRS 9 are not to be underestimated. We recommend that businesses affected by the new standard if they have not already done so, start the planning, design and build process now. The earlier the start, the better-prepared firms will be for when IFRS 9 heralds a new era of long-term forecasting for financial institutions.  

From talking to many risk and finance professionals it is evident that to tackle all these challenges at the same time as managing business as usual is a challenge in itself! Many found that by outsourcing some or all of the stages of the project, they can be sure that the regulator’s demands and timescales can be met, while at the same time helping internal teams learn from the expertise of the Jaywing team.

Why not invite us for a chat and we can give you the inside story on what IFRS 9 will mean for your business and how you can transition to IFRS 9 with minimum impact on operations? Email me at [email protected]. You can also download our free whitepaper on how to implement the new requirements here, or find out more about our IFRS 9 solutions.