2021 Q1 Trend Letter

Following the 2008 financial crisis regulators and the industry resolved to improve their control of the OTC derivatives markets and a raft of regulations ensued. For Europe EMIR was adopted and in…


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The AML system is broken

Conventional wisdom dictates that an investment is justified by the return it provides. This clearly is not a driver for the $180B banks spent in 2020* fighting money laundering because, let’s face…


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Of course they knew

Reading this summary https://www.riskscreen.com/kyc360/news/newly-obtained-audit-report-details-how-shady-clients-from-around-the-world-moved-billions-through-estonia/ of what happened at Danske Bank…


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EMIR, where do we go from here?

EMIR is the EU regulation to reduce the systemic risk of OTC derivatives by setting guidelines for reporting to the regulators, making clearing mandatory for a large proportion of the trades and…


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2020 Q4 Trend Letter

What a remarkable year 2020 was! As it draws to a close we keenly look forward to what 2021 may bring. In this last Trend Letter of 2020 we focus on several subjects that we think will matter to the…


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Crypto and traditional financial institutions

In a way I’m probably like many professionals coming from a traditional banking environment and have a bit of a blind spot for anything like crypto or distributed ledger technology, bitcoin and token…


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Data Quality in KYC/AML

Ever since in May 2018 the ECB published the “Report on the Thematic Review on effective risk data aggregation and risk reporting” data quality has improved – not only in Europe- as one of the big…


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2020 Q3 Trend Letter

As the world focuses on controlling the COVID-19 pandemic, the plague of financial crime continues to thrive. This quarter's Trend Letter focuses on the global business of cybercrime (estimated…


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Living in a New Reality, a Perfect Storm with Changing Dynamics

By Victor van der Kwast These days we live in a perfect storm, with global warming, COVID-19, geopolitical shifts, power struggles, election campaigns, the next steps (or not) in Brexit and a new way…


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The Impact of Ethical Guidelines on Reality

Two announcements caught our attention over the last weeks… One from the MAS, publishing a set of guidelines on individual accountability and conduct [1] and another one where the EU calls for a…


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Cybercrime – a Global Business

The activities of cyber-criminals, whether working individually, as part of a small gang, as organised crime groups, or even for a nation state, have resulted in annual total cyber-crime revenue…


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2020 Q2 Trendletter

Perhaps unsurprisingly, i-KYC devotes a lot of attention this quarter to the impact of the Corona pandemic on financial crime prevention. Click here to read the Trendletter


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