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Real Estate Spotlight Series: How US cities are fighting money launderers

The purchase of expensive, high-end residential properties through opaque corporate structures in some US cities, notably New York and Miami, had been an issue of growing comment and concern, not least because the trend was pushing property prices in the cities up sharply. The Miami Herald was among the local newspapers that spent years trying […]
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Real Estate Spotlight Series: The UK cracks down on money laundering through property and estate agents join the battle – like it or not

The UK government has announced new plans to crack down on money laundering as part of its response to a consultation on the billions of pounds of high-end UK property owned by overseas shell companies.[1] This is the latest in a series of measures designed to prevent criminals from exploiting the property market and, according […]
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How tighter compliance can boost the reputation and value of ICOs

At the latest Financial Action Task Force (FATF) meeting, 35 countries, the European Commission and the Gulf Co-operation Council urged the international body to improve understanding of money laundering risk related to cryptocurrencies. In light of this, Michael LaScola, Business Solution Specialist at Accuity, discusses some AML best practices for ICOs and why they should […]
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Real Estate Spotlight Series: Tackling money laundering in Canada

The suspicion that runaway property prices in major Canadian cities are driven, at least in part, by illicit international investment won’t go away. According to a report by Transparency International, almost half of the most valuable residences in Greater Vancouver area are held through corporate structures that hide their ultimate owner, including a third that […]
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Navigating trade finance: how should banks monitor suspicious shipping activity?

Byron McKinney, Product Manager at Accuity, discusses the latest case of suspicious shipping activity and why financial institutions need to keep a close eye on the trades they finance, including how the goods are transported.
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Partially legalised marijuana businesses – how can banks perform their due diligence and protect themselves?

While there is a conflict between US state and federal legislation on marijuana trading, financial institutions need to protect themselves from penalties that could result from onboarding marijuana businesses as customers.
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Real Estate Spotlight Series: A promising step forward for Asia in the fight against money laundering

As 2017 drew to a close, newspaper reports emerged in Singapore of charges filed against two real estate professionals, Kang Bee Leng, the managing director of Sterling Law Corporation, and Tan Yen Hsi, senior marketing director of CBRE Realty Associates[1]. The charges should send a shock wave through the real estate profession worldwide, as the […]
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What faster payments means for anti-money laundering compliance

- The global phenomenon of faster payments is having an impact on operational issues related to anti-money laundering (AML) compliance. Faster payments are a response to the need to modernise current payment settlement networks as a result of market, technology and demographic trends. Faster payment networks provide benefits to the three major participant groups: corporations, consumers […]
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Trade-Based Money Laundering: The US Ranks First in Destination for Illicit Money from Latin America

Trade-based money laundering, typically through trade mis-invoicing, has become the main vehicle for illicit financial flows (IFFs) around the globe. This form of money laundering involves deliberately misreporting the value of a commercial transaction on an invoice submitted to customs. Global Financial Integrity (GFI), the non-profit research and advisory organization focused on illicit financial flows studies, estimates that […]
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Paradise Papers or Panama Papers? Any change to the global financial system?

- The so-called Paradise Papers is another in a long list of leaks that forces money laundering into the open: The Panama Papers, Wikileaks in 2010, Luxembourg tax files in 2014 and HSBC in 2015. The Paradise Papers are essentially version 2.0 of the Panama Papers, albeit smaller with 1.4 terabytes of data leaked compared with […]
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