RMA CECL Service

Preparing for CECL? Start here.

The Current Expected Credit Loss (CECL) methodology is a major departure from the way the ALLL has been calculated in the past. FASB has new rules regarding the need for robust data collection methods.

Many banks know they should start collecting data, but are unsure how to begin. Regulators have recently indicated that community banks may need to acquire peer data in order to complete the new calculations under CECL. RMA gets you started with our members-only service, RMA CECL Service. The Service was developed with RMA's Councils to meet the need for capturing, storing, and reporting on loan level loss information.  For more more information about the RMA CECL Service and how to participate, click here.  To join the service, start by completing the enrollment form.

The Service helps you identify the key loan loss information data fields you need to start collecting, while helping you determine how your bank’s data compares to that of peer banks. For a list of the data collected please click here.

Considerable thought was given to the data fields collected within the Service, and are based upon the CECL methodology requirements and RMA's Council’s understanding of the data available at most banks. As the Service is interactive and driven by participants, we expect it to develop over time as the needs of users evolve.

RMA's bank members (banks with assets under approximately $20B) are eligible to join the service. When joining, participants submit at minimum three years’ worth of historical data, i.e., anonymous loan loss information for U.S. loans in non-accrual status with an amount outstanding at default of $1.00 or greater. All of the submitted information is aggregated and participating banks receive the entire database of disguised loan level data.

Why RMA's service is the smart way to start:

  • Relevancy: Our staff has worked closely with RMA Councils to ensure that this loan loss database is tailored to the needs of banks like yours.
  • Affordability: The cost to join the service is $500 per year, substantially below any market rate for similar offerings, and entitles you to two updated databases annually.
  • History: RMA has been, and will always be, a member-centric organization; one with a strong track-record of providing practical solutions to credit risk issues and establishing industry-wide sound standards. 
  • Care and Cybersecurity: We are stewards of your data. Accordingly, our service places a premium on confidentiality and the secure handling of your data:
    • No identifying information is collected about your borrowers.
    • All observations are identified only by masked identification numbers that you submit. (For more information, please see our FAQs.)
    • The data in this study is exchanged through a website hosted on a SOC-compliant server. (For more information, please see our Data Security Measures.)
    • Rules are in place such that each reported data point has sufficient diversity and critical mass to further ensure borrower and bank anonymity.

Why your bank should participate:

  • Help you identify and focus on the key loan loss information data fields you need to start collecting today.
  • Determine how your bank's data compares to that of peer banks.
  • Use the data to extract pools of loans where there is limited, or no loss history, to determine loss behavior for similar loan pools. 
  • Develop vintage analysis of portfolio.
  • Better segment your portfolio for concentration management.
  • Neutral as to what loan system, of ALLL system you use.
  • Be better able to identify factors leading to default.
  • Support post mortem analysis of problem loans with more detailed data.
  • Aid in the development of a probability of default and loss given default model.
  • Ultimately, strengthen your loan loss reporting process.

For more information, view the RMA CECL Service brochure here.

View a short video for additional information.

If you have any questions, or if you are interested in participating, complete the enrollment form or send an email to cecl@rmahq.org; include the contact information for the person at your bank who should receive further information about this service.