How does IFRS 9 affect banks’ impairment recognition in bad times?
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- Staff Memo 
IFRS 9 has changed the way banks recognise credit losses. Under IFRS 9, credit impairment shall be based on more forward-looking assessments by including recognition of expected credit losses. The purpose of this memo is to analyse how IFRS 9 affects the path of Norwegian banks’ credit losses in bad times. We analyse the effects of IFRS 9 by calculating and comparing the paths of banks’ credit losses under IAS 39 and IFRS 9 in the period 2001–2017. Our results suggest that IFRS 9 may increase impairment losses both immediately prior to and during bad times with increased credit risk.