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S&P and Wolters Kluwer team to tackle CECL requirements

Source: Wolters Kluwer

S&P Global Market Intelligence, a leading provider of data, research, and analytics, and Wolters Kluwer’s Finance, Risk & Reporting business, are partnering to provide an end-to-end Current Expected Credit Losses (CECL) solution.

S&P Global Market Intelligence’s CECL Models leverage proven methodologies linked to 36 years of default and recovery data to bring an off-the-shelf solution that includes built-in forecasts. Wolters Kluwer’s OneSumX CECL, where the CECL Models are housed, is a leading technology platform where clients such as investors, regulators, and auditors can navigate the CECL process. In June 2018 Chartis Research named Wolters Kluwer a Category Leader in its CECL Technology Solutions report.

When the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) introduced a new impairment model through CECL, it represented a major shift from the existing incurred loss model. Like IFRS 9, financial institutions in U.S. GAAP based countries such as the United States, Israel, Japan (limited), Switzerland (optional), now need to adopt a forward-looking expected loss model. Unlike IFRS 9, CECL permits historical factors to retain a greater role in the process. Additionally, there is a difference in how the results of expected loss calculations are used throughout an organization and in reports to regulators and shareholders. Banks now require an end-to-end solution to ensure compliance with the standard, due to be implemented in 2020.

Claudio Salinardi, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Wolters Kluwer’s Finance, Risk & Reporting business, said: “Those firms impacted by CECL need to act now to ensure they are firmly on the road to compliance. S&P Global Market Intelligence brings deep rooted credit content and methodologies to this exciting partnership. Coupled with Wolters Kluwer’s expertise in integrated finance, risk and reporting this partnership provides an unrivaled opportunity to existing and new clients alike.”

Cristiano Zazzara, Head of Credit Analytics, Global Risk Services, added: “With pending CECL implementation, financial institutions are now tasked with shifting away from the existing incurred loss models and require new ways to effectively navigate through the CECL process. With Wolters Kluwer’s technology, reporting capabilities and experience, combined with S&P Global Market Intelligence’s deep suite of credit content and methodologies, we are excited to partner to provide clients a solution that no other single vendor offers.”

S&P Global Market Intelligence provides industry-leading data and models so clients can meet analytical and operational challenges from evolving industry requirements such as Basel, Solvency II, MiFID II, IFRS 9, and CECL. The company’s Credit Assessment Scorecards and Credit Analytics tools estimate the probability of default and loss given default of private, public, rated, or unrated companies and government entities. These include:

• Scorecards: leveraging robust methodologies to overcome data scarcity for low-default portfolios.
• Credit Analytics: utilizes a large data set of company financial information to statistically analyze credit risk.
• CreditPro: offers an extensive database that provides a strong statistical foundation to assess ratings migration, default and recovery rates across geographies, regions, industries and sectors.

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