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Why Anti-Money Laundering Should Be a Top Priority for Financial Institutions

via Visual Capitalist

The to-do list for any financial executive is surely daunting. From navigating technology changes to managing talent effectively, there’s many initiatives competing for attention.

One issue that’s been in the headlines for many years is anti-money laundering (AML). When criminals are able to successfully hide the illicit origins of their cash, both the financial institution and society suffer. So, what makes AML more important now than it has been in the past? (more…)

AI / Machine Learning / Big Data, Security

July 26, 2019

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BASIS ID improves the experience of the KYC procedure

via TechBullion

At the end of July 2019, the leading KYC service provider in Asia and Europe, BASIS ID, will release a new widget, designed to improve user experience of interacting with the KYC procedure. What does this mean for users and what can it offer to customers?

A new widget for going through the verification process was created to increase the conversion during the KYC procedure. This means that it must solve two problems. Firstly, it must be simple, so that users do not abandon the process in the middle because they don’t understand what is required from them or what to expect from this procedure. Secondly, it must be pushing users to move forward in the process of providing data, so that they would convert into customers of various services instead of people, who have dropped out during KYC. This way service providers can be certain that they spend resources on acquiring real users. (more…)

Security

July 25, 2019

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Customer onboarding and the brand new digital banking licences by MAS

via e27

The announcement from MAS that non-banking fintechs will be eligible to create banks in the digital format, and provide services without any physical branches whatsoever can be considered as the biggest headliner in the financial news of Singapore in July. Altogether, MAS is planning on issuing 5 digital banking licenses in the nearest future.

Applications admission shall begin in August and financial enterprises are, one after another, already announcing their interest in getting the license. As early as today, top managers form Validus, Grab, Razer, Singtel, and InstaReM have already expressed such intentions.

The new licenses issued for digital banking allow the performing of the following services: depositing, lending, and investing for both businesses and natural persons. Customer onboarding therefore, will become essential as the very first step towards utilizing the product. This step has to take into consideration the requirements of the regulations as well as internal risk assessment. This motivates companies to engage in specific partnerships in order to perform the onboarding and KYC. (more…)

Banks, Global trends, InspirAsia, Singapore

July 16, 2019

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Trulioo Expands Verification Capabilities Internationally

via PYMNTS

Trulioo, which focuses on global identity verification, said Wednesday (July 10) that it now is able to verify customers in new countries, including Bahrain, Iceland, Qatar and Georgia.

The company said in a press release that it is able to verify customers in those countries through GlobalGateway, its marketplace of identity data and services. (more…)

Fintech news, Security

July 10, 2019

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Indonesia’s OVO Adopts Refinitiv’s World Check to Boost KYC Capabilities

via Fintech News Singapore

OVO, one of Indonesia’s leading digital payments platform, has selected Refinitiv’s World-Check to support its Know-Your-Customer (KYC) and Anti-Money Laundering (AML) procedures to minimize its exposure to financial crime risks.

This partnership comes at a time when OVO looks to continue the expansion of its business and to drive financial inclusion across the country.

With Indonesia’s push to build an inclusive digital economy and financial ecosystem, financial technology services such as OVO play an integral role in defining industry standards and enhancing measures to fight against financial crime. (more…)

Fintech news

July 9, 2019

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Six Nordic Banks Team To Take On AML Issues

via PYMNTS

Six major banks in the Nordic region will form a customer checking center to help combat money laundering and improve the reputation of the area’s financial institutions, according to a report by Reuters.

The banks involved will be Danske Bank, Swedbank Handelsbanken, Nordea, SEB and DNB. The banks said the KYC Utility would gather know your customer (KYC) checks to start with at large and medium-sized companies in the region, and also start offering commercial services.

Money laundering is a big concern for the region after Danske Bank and Swedbank were implicated in scandals that cost them both billions in their value on the market.  (more…)

Banks, Security

July 5, 2019

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SmartSearch pioneers first online AML business credit checks

via FinTech Futures

SmartSearch says it is currently the only organisation in the UK with the ability to verify individuals and companies in the UK and internationally, all in a single platform via a browser or API, with full sanction, politically exposed persons (PEP) and adverse media screening and then ongoing monitoring. (more…)

AI / Machine Learning / Big Data, Open Source/ API, Security

July 3, 2019

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AML/KYC’s Data Confidence Crisis

via PYMNTS

The last thing anyone wants to hear from a financial organization is that the people tasked with risk management are feeling less than confident about their ability to do the job — because they aren’t sure if their data is good. If the risk experts aren’t feeling confident, it is difficult to know how anyone else in an organization will.

However, in flipping through the latest edition of the PYMNTS AML/KYC Tracker, a collaboration with Trulioo, there is a lot of data to suggest that this is the situation in many organizations.

About 29 percent of banks have not implemented know your customer (KYC) tools or external data providers across the customer life cycle. In addition, 69 percent of crypto exchanges lack “complete and transparent” KYC and customer due diligence processes, and 71 percent of trade providers have cited compliance limitations and inadequate KYC practices as key factors in driving trade finance rejection rates. Perhaps most worryingly, 63 percent of anti-money laundering (AML) compliance professionals said they lack confidence in their data. (more…)

Banks, Security

June 20, 2019

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What Prevents Full Digital Onboarding Among APAC Banks?

via finews.asia

While digital transformation is underway among financial institutions in Asia, they face several roadblocks, with changing regulations, digital KYC/AML and legacy infrastructure among major barriers to successful implementation. (more…)

Analytics, Banks, InspirAsia

June 6, 2019

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Trulioo Teams with Refinitiv for Financial Inclusion

via Finivate blog 

Identity verification company Trulioo announced this week it will be promoting financial inclusion across the globe via a new partnership with financial market data provider Refinitiv.

The two are hoping to foster financial inclusion by promoting access to digital identity solutions. By combining Trulioo’s GlobalGateway solution with Refinitiv’s risk intelligence, banks can verify billions of customers online while remaining compliant with AML and KYC regulations and ultimately reduce fraud. (more…)

Fintech news

June 5, 2019

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Japan to strengthen crypto AML, KYC laws and look hard at exchanges

via CoinGeek

Exchanges that are a little too lax on their anti-money laundering (AML) and know your customer (KYC) protections will need to start paying more attention. Japan, one of the world’s leaders in cryptocurrency regulation since the fall of Mt. Gox, looks to focus on these areas even more this year in an effort to grow up the industry.

Japanese outlet Nikkei reports the country’s Financial Services Agency (FSA) is “taking a hard look at cryptocurrency exchanges.” This comes as a G20 meeting will visit the country on June 28 and 29, and the FSA is expected to undergo an inspection by the global body’ Financial Action Task Force (FATF) to see how its performing. (more…)

Banks, InspirAsia, Japan, Security

May 23, 2019

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Challenger bank N26 ordered to bolster money laundering safeguards

via American Banker

The German smartphone bank backed by billionaires Peter Thiel and Li Ka-shing has been ordered to bolster safeguards against money laundering and terrorist financing.

Germany’s financial regulator told N26 to “take appropriate internal safety measures” and “comply with general customer due diligence obligations.” The measures are likely to lead to higher security costs.

BaFin also said in the order, publicly released on Wednesday, that the lender must “remove backlogs in IT monitoring” and “ensure the existence of an adequate personnel and technical-organisational equipment in order to comply with its obligations under money laundering law.” (more…)

Banks, Mobile-first banks, Security

May 22, 2019

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FrankieFinancial signs Australian neo banks to RegTech platform

via Finextra

RegTech startup FrankieFinancial has signed Australian neo banks Xinja and Novatti Group to its financial systems aggregator platform, which provides a single point of access to ID verification, KYC, AML, fraud and credit tools from 114 vendors and data sources. (more…)

Banks, Fintech news, InspirAsia, Mobile-first banks, RegTech, Security

May 15, 2019

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Varo Money gets NICE anti-fraud tech

via FinTech Futures

Varo Money, the US challenger bank, has selected NICE Actimize to implement its financial crime strategy for anti-money laundering (AML) protections, including know-your-customer (KYC) requirements, sanctions screening and transaction monitoring capabilities.

Varo will integrate NICE Actimize’s AML Essentials, a software-as-a-service (SaaS) AML solution that detects and scores a range of banking activities, including customer due diligence, transaction monitoring, watch list filtering and Suspicious Activity Report (or SAR) filings. (more…)

Banks, Fintech news, Mobile-first banks, Security

April 9, 2019

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FICO and Equifax Forge Strategic Partnership

via Finovate blog 

A new strategic partnership between FICO and Equifax will help financial institutions better manage risk, marketing, and fraud. The two companies have introduced the Data Decisions Cloud: an end-to-end data and analytics suite that integrates Equifax Ignite, a data and analytics management solution, with FICO Cloud applications and Decision Management Suite, FICO’s digital decisioning platform. (more…)

AI / Machine Learning / Big Data, Fintech news, Security

March 28, 2019

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Everest to supply KYC platform in Samoa for cross-border transactions

via FinTech Futures 

Asian Development Bank (ADB) has selected Everest, a California-based firm that uses blockchain for know-your-customer (KYC) purposes, to fix a cross-border issue in Samoa, Australia and New Zealand.

The contract with ADB was signed on 1 March this year, with the implementation starting immediately and expected to be finished in Q3 of this year, Everest CEO and co-founder Bob Reid tells FinTech Futures. Everest was granted the contract after the call for proposals by ADB was made in October. (more…)

Blockchain, Fintech news, InspirAsia, Security

March 28, 2019

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Crypto Exchange Binance Enhances Global KYC/AML Measures With Tools From IdentityMind

via Forbes 

Binance, the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange by adjusted trading volume, is implementing stronger know-your-customer (KYC) and anti-money laundering (AML) regulations to ensure data security and compliance across their global operations.

Following the launch of Bitcoin Lite in Australia, Binance announced today a new partnership with Medici Ventures portfolio firm, IdentityMind. This collaboration is part of a joint mission to help raise the blockchain industry’s standards by improving existing data protection and compliance measures. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, Financial Markets / Trading

March 26, 2019

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Fixing The KYC And AML ‘Horse-and-Buggy’ Model

via PYMNTS

Only 1 percent of proceeds from financial crimes are intercepted, which means the bad guys are getting away with hundreds of billions of dollars, even trillions. Trulioo General Manager Zac Cohen tells Karen Webster that AML and KYC efforts can be enhanced if FIs think of compliance as a revenue generator, and seek partnerships with tech-nimble firms in a sandbox environment.

(more…)

Security

March 25, 2019

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BOC goes live with Epic Lanka’s Clari5 AML Solution to battle sophisticated financial threats

via The Daily FT

Technical advancement in transaction monitoring and futuristic risk-based approach of Clari5 AML system to help Sri Lanka achieve discipline in global financial space.

(more…)

InspirAsia, Security

March 21, 2019

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Jumio Partners with ComplyAdvantage to Reduce AML Risk Exposure

Jumio, the leading AI-powered trusted identity as a service provider, today announces the launch of Jumio Screening. This is a fully automated anti-money laundering (AML) screening solution that integrates ComplyAdvantage, a dynamic real-time database of people and companies that pose financial crime risk. (more…)

Credit scoring, Security

March 18, 2019

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Where The UK Fails On Anti-Money Laundering

via PYMNTS

Hundreds of billions of pounds’ worth of criminal funds are laundered through the U.K. each year, while the non-compliant corporations and FIs that enable this receive little more than a “parking penalty” level fine. That’s according to Susan Hawley, Corruption Watch’s director of policy, who explains in this month’s AML/KYC Tracker how weak enforcement, toothless fines and lack of political will to scrutinize foreign investment all stand in the way of a cleaner system. (more…)

Global trends, Government activities, Influences FinTech

March 15, 2019

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Koi Trading OTC Crypto Exchange Partners with IdentityMind for Compliance and AML/KYC Services

Koi Trading, an innovative OTC trading desk that provides private, efficient, and compliant cryptocurrency liquidity to counterparties around the world, today announced a partnership with IdentityMind, Digital Identities You Can Trust, to provide Anti-Money Laundering (AML) compliance-as-a-service to money services businesses globally under the brand Koi Compliance.

Koi Compliance offers the first plug-and-play AML compliance solution that supports digital currency. Koi Compliance will pair their legal expertise and compliance analysts with IdentityMind’s platform that already supports over 35 digital currency exchanges worldwide. This enables companies to focus on running their business, while Koi Compliance leverages industry best practices to perform the legally required Know Your Customer (KYC), transaction monitoring, sanctions screening, recordkeeping, and regulatory reporting through IdentityMind. (more…)

Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies, news

March 12, 2019

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10 ways central banks are experimenting with blockchain

via World Economic Forum (blog)

While research and experimentation with blockchain technology across sectors has been underway for several years, few organizations have deployed it. Although central banks are among the most cautious and prudent institutions in the world, a new white paper published by the World Economic Forum indicates that these institutions, perhaps surprisingly, are among the first to implement blockchain technology.

Central bank activities with blockchain and distributed ledger technology (DLT) are not always well known or communicated. As a result, there is a lot of speculation and misunderstanding. Yet dozens of central banks around the world – from Sweden to South Africa to Singapore – are actively investigating whether blockchain can help solve long-standing issues in banking, such as payment-system efficiency, payment security and resilience, as well as financial inclusion.

These organizations, tasked with overseeing a nation’s monetary policy and financial and economic stability, are very cautious to implement any technology or solution that can have adverse consequences. Yet many central banks are actively researching a variety of use cases to explore the technology’s potential in controlled, secure settings.

(more…)

Banks, Blockchain

March 4, 2019

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Is Privacy Under Threat From All The Know-Your-Customer Documents Stored With Countless Services?

via Forbes

European anti-money laundering legislation means customers and businesses are required to provide potentially sensitive documentation to prove their identities. But how safe are the methods of sharing and storing those documents? Are these attempts to strengthen security creating security and privacy risks of their own?

Right now, we’re stuck with a system that forces customers to duplicate key processes, and means sensitive personal documents are stored in multiple locations with multiple services. That’s a poor experience for customers. More seriously, it greatly increases the risk of data breaches. Recent years have proved – with increasing frequency – just how urgent those risks are. (more…)

Blockchain, Global trends, Security

March 4, 2019

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Dow Jones’ watchlist of 2.4 million high-risk individuals has leaked

via TechCrunch

A watchlist of risky individuals and corporate entities owned by Dow Jones has been exposed, after a company with access to the database left it on a server without a password.

Bob Diachenko, an independent security researcher, found the Amazon Web Services-hosted Elasticsearch database exposing more than 2.4 million records of individuals or business entities.

The data, since secured, is the financial giant’s Watchlist database, which companies use as part of their risk and compliance efforts. Other financial companies, like Thomson Reuters, have their own databases of high-risk clients, politically exposed persons and terrorists — but have also been exposed over the years through separate security lapses. (more…)

news, Security

February 25, 2019

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From Book to Bank: How a Fintech Firm Found Its Calling

via Knowledge@Wharton

In the rapidly evolving world of fintechs, cutting-edge intermediaries that seek to disrupt traditional banking or cater to underserved niches, success depends on rigorous customer screening and proactive regulatory compliance, according to Vladislav (Slava) Solodkiy, cofounder and CEO of Puerto Rico-based Arival Bank. Solodkiy is also managing partner at Life.SREDA, a Singapore-based venture capital firm that over the past six years has invested in more than 20 fintech startups and successfully exited from nine. He has documented his journey from a fintech investor to a founder of a digital bank in his book, The First Fintech Bank’s Arival – From Book to Bank in 12 Months.

Arival claims to be the first digital fintech bank to be focused on small businesses, the so-called “gig economy” of entrepreneurs, freelancers and startups, and small and medium-sized business enterprises that use crypto currencies to receive and pay money. While it may be difficult to identify the ‘bad guys’ among those customers — who could be money launderers or others with dubious backgrounds — prompt reporting of problem cases to regulators and remedial action to prevent future occurrences could save fintechs from hefty fines, according to Solodkiy and Arival’s chief operating officer, Jeremy Berger. Arival is now in the process of securing a federal banking license in the U.S. and exploring similar licenses in Europe and Asia. Solodkiy and Berger shared insights into their strategies for Arival Bank and the road ahead for fintechs in an interview with Knowledge@Wharton. (more…)

About, Banks, Cryptocurrencies, Hotnews, Open Source/ API, People of fintech

December 20, 2018