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AnaCredit - the Nuanced regulation

Jenna Danko
Product Marketing

Blog By: Saloni Ramakrishna, author and senior director, Oracle Financial Services Analytical Applications.

I am quite fascinated with the European Central Bank’s (ECB’s) AnaCredit Regulation that came into effect on 18th May 2016 – A regulation that requires granular credit data sets from the national central banks (NCBs) of the member countries based on the data they collect from their constituents- Banks and Credit Institutions. The project was initiated in 2011 and made a regulation in May 2016. Data collection from the NCBs is scheduled to start in September 2018. The objective of ECB in asking for the granular credit data is to integrate and harmonize the national credit registers that will enable ECB to understand the credit Risks being taken by banks both at the Individual borrowers and corporate level.

As the details of the regulations are getting released, it is becoming clear that AnaCredit is a nuanced regulation and requires a closer look as well as a well thought out plan for execution. A simple comparison with the other major regulatory reporting requirement the FinRep / CoRep brings out three critical differences in the construct and design of the regulations (Not speaking of the content here).

  • AnaCredit  is a two step process of submission where the banks and credit institutions submit the relevant loan by loan data to their national central banks who in turn, after processing and enriching where relevant, submit it to ECB unlike the FinRep/ CoRep reporting which is a direct submission by the banks to the regional authority.
  • It is granular data at a loan by loan level and not aggregated reporting as in the latter’s case.
  • It is an evolving regulation – most regulations are one might say – but the difference perhaps, is that as banks and credit institutions prepare for implementation, given the timelines, the guidelines on implementations are being rolled out. Important to remember is that the September 2018 timeline is for the NCBs to submit to the ECB, the submission timelines for the reporting agents (Banks & Credit Institutions) will be much earlier, around December 2017 or early 2018, so as to give the NCBs sufficient time to collate, process, enrich and submit to the ECB.
  • AnaCredit submission by the NCBs to the ECB is harmonized but some flexibility has been given to the NCBs of how they   implement the regulation in terms of what and how the information is collected from their constituents within their jurisdictions.

ECB, post the promulgation of the regulation has released or is in the process of releasing a three part manual* from an implementation stand point. 

  • Part 1 (Released - Nov 2016) – explains the general AnaCredit methodology and provides information about the reporting population and setting up the reporting, including a general description of the underlying data model. This part spells out the scope of national arrangements and national discretions, amongst other things.
  • Part 2  (Released – February 2017)-  describes all datasets and data attributes of AnaCredit data collection in detail and provides specific reporting instructions.
  • Part 3 (yet to be released) – Will present various case studies and in particular covers special scenarios that require more in-depth explanations. Expected to be issued around May 2017.

As the NCBs are detailing the Anacredit implementation approach for their constituents, it is becoming clear that implementation will not be uniform across - there would be geographical variations and local flavors.  The manual of ECB, while is the umbrella guidance and baseline requirement, it is imperative for banks and credit institutions to read them in consonance with the national directive of their NCBs. For example DNB (DeNederlandschebank), the Dutch NCB, clearly spells this out when it says “The Manual does not take into account the specific implementation choices made by the individual Member States. So the Manual should be read taking into account the Dutch implementation and the choices made by DNB.”

Therein is one of the most important nuances in the implementation of the AnaCredit regulation – that of national variations. Relevant information on whether or not the NCBs decide to deviate or not deviate as well as national extensions and the timeliness or format of the reporting will be provided by the relevant NCBs. The implementation at the reporting agent’s (Banks & credit Institutions) level will need to be in accordance with their NCB’s directives/ guidance.

In the next blog, I will discuss the areas of national discretions in some detail and the challenges it poses to regional and global banks.

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