finance challengesDeloitte has just released its Fourth Annual Global International Financial Reporting Standards IFRS Banking Survey that highlights the challenges and consequences of increased provisioning for regulatory capital by banks approaching the implementation of IFRS 9 Financial Instruments.

This year’s Deloitte survey sample covers 54 banks from  Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific and the Americas. Key findings from the report include:

  • Banks will require three years to implement IFRS 9, so will come under pressure with a 2018 effective date
  • 56 per cent of banks surveyed feel that pricing will be affected by accounting change
  • 70 per cent of banks surveyed expect their IFRS 9 expected loss to be higher than current regulatory expected loss

The Deloitte survey was conducted over a critical period in the development of IFRS 9 and provides insights into current thinking across the sector.

According to Joe El Fadl, Financial Services Industry leader, Deloitte Middle East, the timing of enforcement of IFRS 9 is originally set to take effect on January 1, 2018 with possibility of early implementation, is the biggest challenge given the final standard has just been released.

Furthermore he mentioned that other implementation challenges include: coordinating finance, credit, IT and other teams and resource constraints affecting the financial reporting team as well as the availability and readiness of support from risk and the application of the expected loss model for measurement of impairment.