Dynamic provisioning: rationale, functioning, and prudential treatment
AbstractCurrent policy debate has renewed interest in countercyclical provisioning policies; dynamic provisions are regarded as a valuable device for pursuing this goal. Last July, Ecofin supported â€œthe introduction of forward-looking provisioning, which consists in constituting provisions deducted from profits in good times for expected losses on loan portfolios, and which would contribute to limiting procyclicalityâ€. This paper describes: i) how dynamic provisions work in a general framework based on expected losses; ii) how they work according to the Spanish system, which is the only real example of countercyclical provisioning; iii) the differences and similarities between the expected loss model and the Spanish approach. Building on proposals currently under discussion in the international community, it also suggests a possible way forward for introducing a system of dynamic provisions that, while meeting the prudential goal of having more conservative provisioning policies, would not clash with accounting standards.
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dynamic provisions; capital buffers; Basel 2; credit risk; procyclicality;
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