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Historic Iranian Nuclear Deal: Why Banks Still Need a Comprehensive Sanctions Program

News of the historic Iranian nuclear deal has been dominating headlines over the last week, with many different viewpoints emerging on the pros and cons of the situation. Henry Balani analyses the recent developments, offering three compelling reasons why banks must keep their sanctions programs firmly in place. The sanctions will be lifted gradually Assuming this […]
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Identity Matching: Getting Through the Numbers While Keeping the Hits Right

A huge challenge for organisations is the sheer quantity of data that needs to be processed now. Plus, it needs to be processed quickly and accurately. Accuracy is critical as organisations don’t want the situation whereby hits are missed that should have been picked up or lots of irrelevant hits are triggered. The volume of […]
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India’s Black Money Law Causes Concern

Earlier this week, the Times of India reported that while Indian authorities have been progressive in providing a window for Indian citizens to declare their previously hidden income (Black Money Law), money laundering continues to be a concern. The article raises tax experts’ concerns that there isn’t enough clarity around the possible use of the […]
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Identity Matching: What’s In A Name?

Names have a structure and typology that are influenced by cultural and regional factors.
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Anti-Money Laundering – A Worst Case Scenario

International trade between the likes of Latin America and China in the South is rising while the big banks in the North are still reluctant to lend. What are the implications for anti-money laundering efforts? Henry Balani offers an intriguing scenario… Arms dealers and drug traffickers once cleaned their dirty money at the casino. Now […]
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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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