While scientists and politicians do not always agree on the plan for how to fight the corona pandemic, there is consensus on one aspect: the economic crisis we have entered as a result may develop to a scale unprecedented for all of us.
Creating a future stress scenario for the yield curve is not easily done. Above all, it is something that has to be done carefully, because it can have negative repercussions for a financial institution.
A part of the curriculum of the Econometrics & Mathematical Economics master’s degree given in the VU University Amsterdam is the course Time Series Econometrics. In this course, students are taught how to analyze time series with the aid of ‘state-space models’, on the assumption that observations over time (such as the content of the Nile, for example) are driven by non-observed factors.
Three years ago, the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) and Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) created new accounting standards to replace IAS17 and ASC 840. Although IFRS 16 became effective on 1 January 2019, many companies are still seeking a structured and standardized approach to cope with the amended regulation. Private companies conforming to US GAAP still have some time left before ASC 842 takes effect at the start of 2020.
A significant change in lease accounting practices is a few months away: all lessors and lessees will have to be compliant with IFRS 16 standards from the start of their next fiscal year (1st of January 2019 or later).