The European Banking Authority (EBA) has started to make progress responding to the FINREP related questions posted through the Single Rulebook Q&A tool.
At the time of publishing this communication, there have been 170 FINREP related questions, with about 60 percent currently answered.
The queries range from approaches to calculation of FINREP specific estimates to questions around validation rules, group structure reporting and the prudential scope of consolidation.
Outlined below are some of the key implications for firms – based on published EBA responses.
Firms cannot make a materiality call to reduce the number of templates – or the number of data cells – they must complete for submission, if no specific thresholds are set out by FINREP for those templates.
Furthermore, the EBA has confirmed that if the overall threshold for templates related to geographical breakdown (20.1 – 20.7) is met, then templates 20.4 to 20.7 need completing separately, for every country to which the institution is exposed.
Without a materiality threshold, the amount of time and effort required for firms to complete every template may be substantially higher than expected.
Further details were provided around the calculations required for financial assets measured at fair value:
As a result of these EBA expectations firms may have to invest significantly in developing their IT systems to provide a process for calculating the granular data required.
The EBA provided clarity around the first submission of this information for the 30 September 2014 reference date:
To discuss the implications of the EBA’s responses further or any other FINREP related issues please contact: