Dynamic Loan Loss Provisioning: Simulations on Effectiveness and Guide to Implementation


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Date Published 2012
Version IMF Working Paper 12/110
Primary Author Torsten Wezel
Other Authors Jorge A. Chan-Lau, Francesco Columba
Theme Regulation and Supervision of Housing Finance Systems


This simulation-based paper investigates the impact of different methods of dynamic provisioning on bank soundness and shows that this increasingly popular macroprudential tool can smooth provisioning costs over the credit cycle and lower banks’ probability of default. In addition, the paper offers an in-depth guide to implementation that addresses pertinent issues related to data requirements, calibration and safeguards as well as accounting, disclosure and tax treatment. It also discusses the interaction of dynamic provisioning with other macroprudential instruments such as countercyclical capital.

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