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Non-performing loans at the dawn of IFRS 9: regulatory and accounting treatment of asset quality

Bholat, D and Lastra, RM and Markose, SM and Miglionico, A and Sen, K (2018) 'Non-performing loans at the dawn of IFRS 9: regulatory and accounting treatment of asset quality.' Journal of Banking Regulation, 19 (1). pp. 33-54. ISSN 1465-4830

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Asset quality is a key indicator of sound banking. However, it is difficult for banking regulators and investors to assess it in the absence of a common, cross-border scheme to classify assets. Currently, no standard is applied universally to categorise loans, the most sizeable asset on banks’ balance sheets. As a corollary, definitions of non-performing loans (NPLs), despite recent steps towards greater harmonisation, continue to vary between jurisdictions. This paper offers a comprehensive analysis of NPLs and considers variations in the treatment of NPLs across countries, accounting regimes and firms. The paper relies on a multidisciplinary perspective and addresses legal, accounting, economic and strategic aspects of loan loss provisioning and NPLs. A harmonised approach to NPL recognition is particularly desirable, in view of the fact that IFRS 9, the new accounting standard on loan loss provisioning, will be mandatory from January 2018. IFRS 9 changes the relationship between NPLs and provisions, by relying on greater judgement to determine provisions. The potential for divergence makes the need for comparable indicators against which to assess asset quality all the greater.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Non-performing loans; Asset quality; IFRS 9; Impairment; Loan loss provisions; Bank capital; Data standards; Credit risk
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Economics, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 05 Apr 2019 11:46
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2022 13:44

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