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Third Global IFRS Banking Survey

Still far from land?


The sustained high level of interest in banks’ financial statements continues unabated, with demands for banks to increase their capital base whilst also increasing lending in a complex economic and regulatory environment.

The IASB has been continuing its work to develop consensus in financial instruments accounting, including finding common ground with the U.S. standard setter, FASB. Banks will be affected to a greater extent than others by the financial instruments proposals, and so are watching the IASB and FASB proposals closely.

In light of this, Deloitte member firms have conducted the Third Global IFRS Banking survey. The survey includes responses from 70 global banking groups, including 19 of the global systemically important financial institutions (G-SIFIs) as determined by the Financial Stability Board. Key survey findings include:

Third Global IFRS Banking Survey webcast

To accompany the survey, we held an interactive webcast on 20 February 2013. This webcast provided attendees with an opportunity to further explore the findings of the survey and discuss current developments and their implications. Listen to the webcast.

  • Whilst there is still significant support for the convergence process amongst banks, the majority surveyed consider the IASB and FASB are no longer on track to achieve this;
  • Banks are putting their implementation efforts on standby as the process continues to be subject to delay;
  • There is uncertainty about the ultimate outcome of financial instruments accounting change with an increase in the number of banks considering that the new requirements cannot be implemented in a way that will increase comparability between banks internationally; and
  • The capital and pricing impacts of changes such as impairment, debt valuation adjustments and the treatment of liquidity portfolios will be significant.

This survey aims to provide you with insights into the current thinking around accounting change and raise awareness of the size and scale of the impact of these proposed changes. We also hope that it will support banks’ benchmarking processes whilst enriching conversations across the industry.

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