Foreign banks may move US loans overseas to skirt CECL

International accounting standards offer more favourable treatment of expected credit losses

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Banks ponder where to house their loans under new accounting standards

US subsidiaries of foreign banks are weighing the idea of repatriating loans booked in the US back to their parent companies once the Current Expected Credit Loss accounting standard takes effect in 2020.

Repatriating loans could benefit the foreign banks because the loans would then be subject to new accounting standard IFRS 9, rather than the sterner CECL rules. This would allow the banks to hold less in loan-loss reserves, and conserve capital.

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