Monthly Archives: November 2017

Turned out fine again

The UK Chancellor’s budget is rarely a cause for much celebration, while the obligatory leaks in the days beforehand suck every element of surprise out of his announcements, but one little gem might have passed you by on 22 November … Continue reading

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Salvator emptor

The recent record-breaking sale of “Salvator Mundi” highlighted two things – one a surprise, and the other not.  The surprise was that this is the most expensive painting by Leonardo DiCaprio that has ever been sold.  I kid you not: … Continue reading

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Paradise polluted

Last week I went to a new gathering of people (oh, go on, you forced it out of me: I’ve joined the Women’s Institute) and when they asked what I do and I gave the potted description, several of them … Continue reading

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Big worries about small accounts

The news has been full in recent days of the financial activities of the “super-rich” and fiscally sophisticated.  (That’s my phrase, that last bit, but I can imagine it catching on.  Who knows: we might even start talking about the … Continue reading

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The Beemer and the Batboat

I have written before about the fate of items confiscated from money launderers. Often, of course, the assets have gone: the money has been spent on consumables such as fine wines and fancy holidays.  But criminals do like to surround … Continue reading

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The UK’s reporting report card

Well, we in the UK are streets ahead of our EU neighbours in one regard at least: the number of SARs we submit to our FIU.  At the start of September, Europol published a report entitled “From Suspicion to Action: … Continue reading

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Laying the (shaky) foundations

No-one who has heard me speak or read my blog will be surprised to hear that I am a devout Remainer.  As someone whose parents had vivid memories of (and occasional nightmares about) the Second World War and its aftermath, … Continue reading

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