Navigating 4 Key CECL Challenges for Credit Unions
In a recent CUES article, Terry Katzur, CCE, EVP/Chief Lending Officer of ELGA CU in Burton, MI, wrote about how their credit union plans to prepare for the current expected credit loss (CECL) transition.
“Like many credit unions, we at ELGA Credit Union—with assets of $543 million in Burton, Mich.—currently do not have sufficient historical loan data at our fingertips to meet the demands that CECL will put on us, and that lack of data put us in the market for a solution,” said Katzur. “Before CECL, we were reviewing portfolio analytics software options to help us better monitor our loan portfolio. With CECL looming, our need for better analytics was heightened.”
As credit unions begin to plan their CECL model, several are faced with the same challenges.
CECL is a change in the FASB’s Accounting Standards, and all credit unions will have to comply. Most credit unions will be required to transition by the end of 2021.
Multiple data warehouses
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Deploying a trusted software solution can successfully alleviate these challenges and allows credit unions to navigate the CECL regulation and change management with ease.
“Since launching Sageworks [ALLL], we have been able to recreate our current ALLL process and automate it, saving our accounting manager several hours each month,” said Katzur. “In 2018, we should have enough data in the solution to begin running parallel CECL calculations that we can refine over the next few years, so that by the CECL live date we will have the best model for our institution.”
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