financial crimes

2019: An artificial intelligence-enhanced AML odyssey

Welcome to the brave new world of regulatory technology. On December 3, 2018, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), the National Credit Union Administration, and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency issued a joint statement encouraging the use of […]

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Financial crime in finance: Unlocking communications to find hidden risks

FINRA and other regulators have informed firms of their expectation to adopt practices of “heightened supervision” to isolate high-risk brokers and activities, including those who have previously committed financial crimes. In the past two years, FINRA has released guidance to strengthen controls on high-risk brokers and further indicated it would be an ongoing priority. In […]

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Three fundamental shifts in financial crime investigations

Financial institutions globally are awakening to the fact that regulatory technology will drive the next wave of innovation in their approaches to understanding and stopping financial crimes. From attempted money laundering, to account takeover, to insider trading, institutions are paying attention. But for some in the financial industry, the idea that these technologies can solve […]

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Advancing innovation in the global financial services industry

Advances in artificial intelligence, blockchain, and cybersecurity are poised to transform the financial services industries. These technologies bring capabilities that speed risk modeling, automate fraud detection, ensure regulatory compliance, enable distributed trust, and protect sensitive financial information. Mounting pressures on financial institutions to drive out costs, improve customer experience, complete with emerging players, and comply […]

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Ending vicious AML cycles: Why repeating the same approach is no longer sustainable

In 2010, I was traveling with my son, when his name was flagged for a partial match to a suspicious person by the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA). The TSA agent, dutifully asked if he could have a word with my son to sort out this issue, to which I replied, “Be my guest.” My […]

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Balancing customer expectations (and risks) in real-time payments

Riddle me this? Would you rather travel from New York to Los Angeles, hyperloop style, in half the time of flying, knowing that your safety is not assured, or sit aboard a conventional flight for 7 hours, knowing that you have chosen a statistically safer, though significantly slower, means of travel. Consumers are almost unanimously […]

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IBM and Promontory: Looking for a needle in a haystack with Watson

Carrying out Know Your Customer (KYC) due diligence is a delicate balancing act. On one side you’re always looking to streamline your customer’s onboarding process with quick and painless client verification and due diligence. On the other, you need to observe ever-changing regulations, manage voluminous amounts of structured and unstructured data, and perform often repetitive […]

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It’s getting expensive not to be compliant

Banks around the world are continuing to be penalized heavily for their inability to meet with ever-changing and complex financial regulations. Regulatory fines imposed in 2017 alone proved this to us in many ways. For example, financial intelligence regulator Austrac handed gaming giant Tabcorp a fine of AUD 45 M (USD 35 M) for non […]

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