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Virtual Currencies: New Guidance from FATF

FATF have just released guidance on how countries should deal with virtual currencies. This report is significant as it acknowledges the growth of alternative forms of digital payments and the risks it imposes. However, what is also significant is that it urges member countries to update their AML/CTF regulations to incorporate the risks to both the Bitcoin […]
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Identity Matching: What is Name Screening And Why Do We Need It?

When electronic name screening was introduced in the nineties, it only involved a few hundred names. Now, however, millions of names are screened worldwide all the time and against an increasingly complex backdrop. Every time an individual makes a simple transaction – such as booking a flight, opening a bank account or even just buying […]
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The International Ambition for Faster Payments

There is increasing pressure to clear payments in real time, especially with recent advances in technology and standards.  Sarkis Akmakjian, Senior Director Product Management discusses how the introduction of the ISO 20022 standard is affecting the push for faster payments and sounds a cautionary note. The payments industry everywhere is talking about faster payments. The […]
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The FinTech Market is Red Hot!

When Goldman Sachs decides to make serious investments into the FinTech market, you know there is something going on (1). According to the Economist,  in 2014, there was $12 billion of investment up from $4 billion in 2013 (2).  What gives? The answer is pretty simple.  These new FinTech disruptors promise to cut costs and improve […]
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Stay Ahead of Sanctions Busters

Don’t fall foul of sanctions busters who try to trade with blacklisted states, warns Accuity. Global trade opens up a world of opportunities. Businesses can find themselves trading with companies from Guatemala to Macao. But exporters will pretty soon start to deal with some unfamiliar parts of the world. In particular, they face the troubling […]
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Understanding the Challenges of Trade Based Money Laundering

In this video post, Henry Balani explains the challenge of identifying and addressing trade based money laundering issues.
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Ripple Labs and AML

FinCEN recently punished Ripple for failing to follow required BSA guidelines related to establishing AML policies. It’s unfortunate that an innovative company like Ripple Labs, whose intention is to create a low cost efficient payment clearing system would violate the law. Certainly regulations exist to protect businesses and consumers, in this case from illegal payment transactions.  […]
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Sanctions Risk in Supply Chain Financing

Supply Chain Financing in South East Asia continues to grow significantly, off the back of increased trade activities in the region. Based on the World Trade Organization statistics, total merchandise trade (imports, exports and re-exports) between the ASEAN nations and the rest of the world increased by 41% from USD 753 billion to $2.4 trillion […]
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