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Detecting Trafficking of Fentanyl and Other Synthetic Opioids
September 5, 2019
FinCEN published an advisory to remind financial institutions of their due diligence and other Bank Secrecy Act obligations regarding the illicit financial schemes and mechanisms related to the trafficking of fentanyl or other synthetic opioid drugs. By complying with these obligations, financial institutions can help combat the opioid drug epidemic the U.S. is currently facing.
FATF-Identified Jurisdictions with AML/CFT Deficiencies
August 22, 2019
The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network issued an advisory to remind financial institutions that updates the FATF made to their list of jurisdictions that have strategic AML/CFT deficiencies may affect their obligations with respect to these jurisdictions and that they should consider the impact these updates have on the institution’s risk-based approach.
Six Ways Financial Organizations Stumble Over KYD for Financial Crime Technology
August 5, 2019
Effective AML compliance requires a data governance program to address the acquisition and management of the data – also known as “know your data” or KYD. This is a hot topic for financial institutions monitoring client transactions for money laundering, terrorist financing, or other forms of financial crime.
Exposure Draft About Revising Their Three Lines of Defense Model
July 22, 2019
On June 17, 2019, The Institute of Internal Auditors (the IIA) released an Exposure Draft (the Draft) on a study being conducted to review and modernize the Three Lines of Defense Model (3LoD). The Draft has been released for public comments from June 20, 2019 and September 19, 2019 and reflects the thoughts and analysis of a working group, chaired by Jenitha John, Vice Chairman of The IIA Global Board of Directors; and Chief Audit Executive, FirstRand Ltd.
2019 Anti-Money Laundering Regulatory Climate Update
June 11, 2019
Although there are political signals that the current U.S. administration will provide financial institutions regulatory enforcement relief in comparison to years prior, this is not the case. As evidenced by the consistent penalties enforced over the past several years, AML/BSA regulatory enforcement remains a top priority.
5 Key Challenges When Tuning AML Transaction Monitoring Software
May 29, 2019
More and more, regulators are examining AML and terrorist financing monitoring software solutions to see if they are tuned correctly; and citing financial institutions who fail to meet the regulatory standards. One issue for both regulators and these institutions is the creation of excessive volumes of “false positive” activity alerts, or alerts on activity that after evaluation, is not determined to be suspicious.
FinCEN Penalized First Peer-to-Peer Cryptocurrency Exchange
May 1, 2019
On April 18, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) announced that they have imposed their first-ever penalty on a peer-to-peer cryptocurrency exchange for violating AML regulations, among other violations.
Six Steps to Analyzing an AML Program’s Efficiency and Effectiveness
April 26, 2019
Every anti-money laundering (AML) program should be reviewed periodically to confirm that the program is performing efficiently and effectively. Analytics can play a big role in this review by providing new insights that support evidence-based decision-making.
Federal Reserve Bank
April 16, 2019
Michael Held, Executive Vice President of the Legal Group at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, spoke at the 1LoD Summit in New York on April 2, 2019.
Nine reasons why AML transaction monitoring analytics are essential
April 10, 2019
When it comes to anti-money laundering (AML) transaction monitoring, financial services firms are under more pressure than ever to prove that the approach they are taking is working. Regulators want to see obvious evidence that firms are generating the right level of suspicious activity reports (SARs) for their size, geography, and business types, usually in the form of statistics and reporting. In turn, boards and senior management teams are now demanding to see this same information to be sure the firm is meeting its compliance obligations. As a result, AML transaction monitoring analytics are in more demand than ever before.
 FCA Spot Checks on AML and Sanctions Controls
March 6, 2019
Press coverage this week picked up a story about the Financial Conduct Authority (“FCA”) warning UK hedge fund managers of imminent spot checks on their financial crime controls.
Update Coming to the Three Lines of Defense Model
February 27, 2019
The Three Lines of Defense Model has gained popularity as the de facto model for organizing governance, risk management and internal control roles and responsibilities since the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) published “The Three Lines of Defense in Effective Risk Management and Control,” position paper in 2013. The IIA recently announced that they would embark on a key project to refresh and update this document.