In Brief

Promoting Equity Through Procurement Requires Rethinking How We Use Data

BY TOM COLEMAN AND BRIDGETTE SULLIVAN President Biden’s first Executive Order upon taking office sought to leverage the federal government’s existing powers to advance racial equity.[1] Expanding opportunities for historically marginalized entrepreneurs and their communities to participate in government procurement was expressly cited by the Executive Order as a means of accomplishing this goal. However, without......

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White Paper: Natural Language Processing (NLP) for Text Analytics

BY ROB CHANG and DAVE NULL, FI CONSULTING Information-rich text is everywhere—emails, chat transcripts, academic journals, newspaper articles—but extracting insights from unstructured text data poses a challenge for many organizations. Annually, organizations spend millions of dollars manually reviewing text documents; however, the manual review process is often error-prone, inconsistent, and unable to scale. Fortunately, recent......

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White Paper: Knowledge Graphs for Anti-Money Laundering and Transaction Monitoring

BY ROB CHANG, FI CONSULTING Today’s anti-money laundering (AML) and transaction monitoring systems need to be quicker and more agile to identify increasingly complex fraudulent transactions. Due to rapid evolution of fraudulent behavior, often layered behind seemingly innocuous transactions, AML models require greater sophistication to remain effective. Flexible approaches that utilize advanced computational techniques are......

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COVID-19 Impact on SBA Non-Essential Loans

BY SCOTT INOUYE and CASSANDRA LAFOREST, FI CONSULTING Government portfolio managers need to understand COVID-19’s impact on their investment programs. Two key factors for any business loan portfolio are its exposures to “non-essential” businesses and to COVID-19 infection rates within the lending footprint. SBA’s flagship 7(a) portfolio with FY2019 approvals of close to $24 billion......

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CECL Validation

Keys to CECL Validation Success in 2019

BY MARK JORDAN, FI CONSULTING At present, financial institution SEC filers are busy building and testing their internal models and processes to calculate reserves under the new current expected credit loss (CECL) accounting standard. The industry is entering a critical phase for teams to validate loss models and aggregate, analyze, and share preliminary results with......

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Modeling Severity Under CECL

BY BEN MURRELL, FI CONSULTING As many financial institutions enter into CECL parallel runs in 2019, they need to have a solid handle on their loss forecasting model inputs. To ensure compliance with the standard, regulators and auditors will be scrutinizing these inputs and assumptions, including severity, or loss given default (LGD). Regardless, whether a......

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Managing Profitability Under CECL Through Loan Pricing (Part 2)

BY BEN MURRELL, FI CONSULTING Part 2: Applying the Conceptual Loan Pricing Framework to CECL As organizations implement CECL, a key question is how CECL estimates should factor into loan origination and pricing decisions. In Part 1 of this series, we illustrated the mechanics of pricing with a hypothetical loan. In Part 2, we use......

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Managing Profitability Under CECL Through Loan Pricing (Part 1)

BY BEN MURRELL, FI CONSULTING Part 1: Defining a Conceptual Framework for Loan Pricing Background As organizations implement CECL, a key question is how CECL estimates should factor into loan origination and pricing decisions. Linkage is important because CECL will require that expected losses be reserved at time of origination. Correctly pricing in new reserves......

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White Paper: Four Pitfalls to Avoid During CECL Implementation

BY MARK JORDAN, FI CONSULTING Building a durable, defensible Current Expected Credit Loss (CECL) process that reflects your organization’s view of its credit risk requires painstaking focus on the fundamentals of building and defending your bank’s own view of its risk exposure. This requires bringing a disciplined and methodical approach to building the “case” for......

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A Framework for Multiple Economic Scenarios Under CECL

BY ROBERT CHANG AND MARK JORDAN, FI CONSULTING Background We present a pragmatic approach to generating multiple economic scenarios for the new FASB current expected credit loss (CECL) accounting standard. While the guidance does not explicitly mention the number of scenarios that should be used when measuring expected credit losses, financial institutions should consider a......

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