Life after the removal of Excel-based CRD IV reporting in Portugal

In June 2014, to ease the transition to its new CRD IV reporting regime, the Bank of Portugal introduced a free reporting system based upon the completion of Excel spreadsheets. Not surprisingly, very many Portuguese financial institutions took this easy way out and for the past year have been filing their CRD IV returns using this method.

Only XBRL accepted from the end of June 2015

However, as was fully explained at the time, reporting in Excel was introduced as an interim step only, and the ability to use the spreadsheet-based system is about to disappear. From the end of June 2015 the large number of filers currently using the Excel-based reporting application will have to find an alternative approach.

Seahorse, the XBRL lifeline

Seahorse®, CoreFiling’s cloud-based XBRL conversion software, will provide a lifeline to Portuguese financial institutions now that they need to find ways of converting their spreadsheet data into fully validated XBRL instance documents before submission to the Bank of Portugal. Seahorse provides an easy to use, risk-free solution to the problem of complying with the CRD IV XBRL mandate. It is a SaaS-based application, readily accessible from any internet browser. There is no software to install or maintain, and Seahorse requires no effort on the part of the user when taxonomy changes occur, as these are handled behind the scenes.

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CRD IV 2.3 taxonomy contains important new reports

New Liquidity Monitoring and Supervisory Benchmarking

The European Banking Authority (EBA) recently published version 2.3 of the CRD IV taxonomy. The announcement includes two brand new reports, supporting additional Liquidity Monitoring and Supervisory Benchmarking.

The EBA now stipulates that filings with a reference date of 30th June 2015 or later will need to be prepared against the new CRD IV 2.3 taxonomy.

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Rapid deployment team accelerates Asset Encumbrance filing in XBRL for large international investment bank

Asset Encumbrance (AE) reporting seems to have taken a few financial firms by surprise. It is one of the quarterly XBRL reports that must be submitted by all organisations reporting under the CRD IV COREP mandate, and must be filed in XBRL format.

With less than a week to go to the first Asset Encumbrance reporting deadline on 12th February, a large international investment bank requested help from CoreFiling to file their first AE report in due time. Our True North® XBRL processor immediately came to the rescue.

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Asset Encumbrance – how ready are you?

There’s not much time left to organise your Asset Encumbrance reporting. The first reference date is 31st December, 2014, with a reporting deadline of 11th February, 2015. All firms subject to COREP reporting under the CRD IV mandate will have to submit an Asset Encumbrance report and, in common with all COREP disclosures, the new Asset Encumbrance report must be submitted as an XBRL document.

The EBA defines Asset Encumbrance as follows: “An asset shall be treated as encumbered if it has been pledged or if it is subject to any form of arrangement to secure, collateralise or credit enhance any transaction from which it cannot be freely withdrawn”. Therefore, the number of templates required will depend upon the size and nature of the reporting entity, but at least one template must be filed on a quarterly basis.

The good news is that CoreFiling’s cloud-based Seahorse® XBRL disclosure management product already contains all the required templates, reducing the stress for firms that now find they have to submit these new filings.

Time is running out for submission of the first COREP filings in XBRL

It’s been a hectic week, with lots of enquiries about our Seahorse® XBRL conversion solution for COREP filings. It’s true that some callers have been under the misguided impression that the first filings need to be made by the end of May, but it’s obvious there are still lots of financial institutions out there that have still not settled on a suitable reporting solution to handle their first regulatory filings under the new CRD IV regime.

 
The deadline for submission of the first reports in XBRL was, in fact, moved back to the 30th June, but it’s still not long if you’ve not settled upon a solution.

 
If you’re still looking for a simple, cost-effective solution to the compliance issue, then do take a look at Seahorse. With its simple to understand workflow, Internet browser-based interface and highly secure environment, Seahorse provides an easy-to-use way of converting your COREP reports from an Excel spreadsheet into the XBRL document needed for filing. As a cloud-based application, several users can work simultaneously on individual report tables, creating further efficiencies and considerable time saving in the XBRL report production process.

 
The good thing, too, is that Seahorse is underpinned by the same stringent XBRL validation that is being used by the FCA/PRA in the UK for the receipt of filings into GABRIEL.

 
Take a look at the Seahorse video to see how quick and simple it can be to convert your data.

 

Who helps when your COREP submissions fail? (part 2)

Last time, I discussed the need for smaller financial institutions to take a serious look at the XBRL credentials of COREP software vendors offering low-end XBRL solutions and highlighted the advantages of trusting XBRL expert CoreFiling and our flexible, easy, inexpensive Seahorse® solution.  However, larger banks and financial organisations needing a tightly integrated global reporting framework will require a more strategic approach.

Here, the need for proven XBRL expertise becomes even more crucial, but many traditional banking software vendors have little or no XBRL expertise and rely on externally sourced plug-in modules to cater for the XBRL data conversion.  Such modules often rely on hard-coding methods to detect the XBRL taxonomy against which the reporting documents are created.  This may result in a lack of flexibility and agility to respond when regulations change and the taxonomy alters.

Depending on the client situation, CoreFiling deliver robust yet flexible solutions in the form of either packaged applications, the XBRL Disclosure Management Platform™ (XDMP), or commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) components integrated into a client environment.  Our solutions are taxonomy driven and built so that new versions of the taxonomy can be dropped into the system without the need for hard re-coding each time.

For example, the XDMP solution is the culmination of a highly focused development effort by CoreFiling in conjunction with its partner EMC, experts in document management, and a major consultancy firm.  It is based on COTS components and, just like Seahorse, it is underpinned by the True North® XBRL processing and validation engine, widely regarded as the most conformant and powerful validator on the market; the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority has chosen True North for its EBA reporting requirements and validation of the COREP and FINREP filings it receives from the UK financial market.

CoreFiling’s long-standing commitment to the furtherance of the XBRL standards and our active participation in the XBRL consortium that oversees the development of the XBRL specifications means that we have an exceptional understanding of XBRL technology, which in turn informs our development process.  Based on our extensive experience and insight, we are ideally placed to help our clients implement successful, flexible and compliant solutions.

Even if your traditional vendor is still struggling to produce XBRL documents in time for you to meet your COREP obligations, there’s no need to feel stuck. CoreFiling offer a safety net in the form of Seahorse to help filers overcome the immediate XBRL reporting obstacle.

Who helps when your COREP submissions fail?

The market is rife with vendors offering ‘inexpensive’ solutions to the imminent problem of filing COREP disclosures to National Competent Authorities around Europe.  In particular, smaller firms with relatively straightforward needs may be tempted by the promise of ‘cheap and cheerful’ products.  Creating the XBRL documents is a fairly simple process, but organisations should think through the wider issues.  Licensing the right application will not be enough, whatever your vendor tells you.

Many regulators are still finalising their reporting rules, but even at this late stage the EBA’s guidelines are quite likely to change before the due date for the first submissions.  Some vendors will struggle to cope when the regulatory requirements change, not only before the initial filing date, but when further alterations occur, as they will surely do over time.  To what extent do vendors really understand the implications?  How quickly can they react to ensure that fully compliant XBRL is generated?  What happens if things go wrong?

Proven XBRL expertise is vital, especially at the service level, if vendors are to overcome any problems encountered by their clients.

What makes CoreFiling different?  We have been developing XBRL products and offering expert XBRL consultancy for well over ten years.  CoreFiling are the firm that provides XBRL support to many of the world’s leading integrators and consultancy firms.  Our expertise is built on a deep understanding of the XBRL standard.  CoreFiling are active contributors to the XBRL consortium that oversees the XBRL specifications; the company undertook most of the work in developing the key technical specification behind Eurofiling.  This affords us deep insight into the standard and informs our products and services.

Seahorse®, available via key CoreFiling partners, provides a straightforward, Excel-based solution for COREP, FINREP and Solvency II filing.  However, behind Seahorse lies over 200 man-years of intellectual property and proven expertise.

You may be thinking that Seahorse sounds fine for smaller organisations, but what about larger financial institutions with more complex needs?

More in a few days’ time…

Will software vendors be ready for COREP reporting?

The new CRD IV banking directive is about to take effect.  But how prepared are the traditional banking software vendors to help their clients issue their first reports?

From April the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), for example, will be collecting the first COREP reports in the new XBRL (eXtensible Business Reporting Language) format against the taxonomy issued by the European Banking Authority.

There are, however, growing concerns around the availability of fully functional, XBRL-enabled software in time to meet the deadlines imposed by the new reporting regime.  Several traditional suppliers are likely to fail to meet the due date, especially as changes to the taxonomy may occur even at this late stage, and those with hard-coded solutions may struggle to implement the necessary changes in time.

However, there is an alternative for beleaguered vendors.

CoreFiling is offering a rapid enablement option to help vendors over the first reporting hurdle, followed by further assistance to XBRL-enable their offerings.

To overcome the immediate reporting obstacle, CoreFiling’s Seahorse® provides simple to use, SaaS-based  Zero-Tag™ technology for the generation of Excel forms that, when completed, are seamlessly turned into compliant XBRL documents ready for submission.

In a second phase, vendors can then take advantage of CoreFiling’s in-depth XBRL expertise to incorporate fully standards-based components into their offerings and ensure the output of fully valid XBRL documents.  True North®, CoreFiling’s flagship XBRL processor and validator, is a key element in this second stage.  It’s the component of choice for the FCA’s own EBA reporting requirements and validation of COREP and FINREP filings received from the UK financial market, so vendors can be sure they are validating documents to the same exacting standards as the regulator.

Are you ready for the CRDIV mandate?

Important changes in bank reporting under CRD IV, the new Capital Requirements Directive, the European enactment of the Basel III legislation, are due to come into force starting from 1st January 2014.

Time is rapidly running out. Despite this, there is evidence to suggest that few banks are gearing up to ensure that their internal processes are ‘fit for purpose’ for the arrival of the new reporting regime.

One reason is that there is still a great deal of confusion about what the new regulations actually entail. This is particularly true for the XBRL technology and related taxonomies required to turn the new reporting regime into reality. It is expected that those taxonomies will not emerge in their final form until the end of the third quarter of 2013, giving very little time before the first COREP reports need to be submitted on 1st Jan 2014.

The issue is also blurred by the continued political debate in the European Parliament about bankers’ bonuses, making people believe that this is the only issue. Clearly this is not the case.

The CRD IV reporting changes in fact go much deeper.

Under the new CRD IV regulations, all of Europe’s banks will have to file increased amounts of exposure and risk data to their respective regulators. It may seem like an additional burden, but handled properly this new data will not only help the banks to gain a competitive edge, but might also prevent another bank collapse.

The ‘Preparing for CRD IV reporting’ conference on June 17th at the London Hilton on Park Lane provides a timely opportunity for regulators to explain the case for the new regulation and for banks to gain valuable insight into the reporting changes and how they might turn them to their advantage.

The conference focuses squarely on the regulatory aspects of CRD IV/Basel III and the underlying business issues, with passing mention of the technology that will underpin the submission of the enhanced reports.

During the business track, presenters will explore the issue of ROI and how, by implementing the new compliance requirements correctly, banks will have the opportunity to outperform their competitors. At the moment, many banks view the new regime only in terms of additional investment. The ROI session answers these concerns and explains why investment in compliance will be abundantly worthwhile. However, doing it properly is the key, and there are issues that need to be fully thought through, e.g. How can the new reports be pulled together? How are they to be approved and signed off? How can banks ensure that data is consistent across all submissions made to their various regulatory bodies?

Both the business and the technical tracks will be highly interactive, with ample time devoted to Q&A allowing delegates to enter into the discussion. The conference also features three key representatives from the EBA, the body responsible for translating the technical standards from the legislative requirements behind the new reporting regime. There’s a chance to quiz the EBA further about the ITS (Implementing Technical Standards) which is key to the process, yet not expected to be finalised until later this year.

It promises to be an interesting debate.

For more information and registration: http://www.xbrl.org.uk/conference/

XBRL comes of age with Basel III reporting

Europe’s new Basel III capital regulations, newly enacted as CRD IV, will introduce XBRL-based data reporting to new sectors and markets. In what is arguably the biggest upheaval in European banking since the introduction of the Euro, CRD IV will mandate the collection of increasing amounts of banking capital and exposure data throughout the countries of the European Union. For the first time, XBRL will be at the heart of Europe’s financial regulatory systems, joining the tax authorities and business registers who have hitherto been pioneers of XBRL-based business reporting in Europe.

The main players in this drama will be present at a major conference in London on 17 June, “Preparing for CRD IV Reporting”. Chaired by Robert Driver, the British Bankers’ Association’s Policy Expert on COREP and FINREP, the conference will explore the new regulatory environment with speakers from the European Parliament and the European Central Bank, and will discuss the implications of the new regime for both banks and regulators. Presentation topics will include:

  • Regulatory objectives in processing XBRL-based big data
  • Driving financial outperformance through compliance
  • Improving ROI in financial reporting
  • The use of XBRL standards in reducing the reporting burden
  • Ensuring traceability and consistency in XBRL reporting
  • Management challenges around regulatory reporting

Further details….