Category Archives: Training

It’s for you-hoo!

Apart from the days when I am out preaching the AML gospel, I work alone in an office above my garage.  Although this means that I get all the Jaffa Cakes and can break off to dance to ABBA’s “When … Continue reading

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Forget the carrot – where’s that stick?

Years, nay, decades ago, when I started out in AML training, I vowed to myself that my training would be different.  It would not concentrate on money laundering penalties, or feature the phrases “clapped in irons”, “bread and water” or … Continue reading

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Game for AML

At some training recently, we had finished the serious business of the day and were cruising into the home straight with a quick round of my Countries Quiz.  As I was asking people to match capital cities to countries, one … Continue reading

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Guernsey’s training report card

Earlier this month the Guernsey Financial Services Commission (one of my very favourite regulators – yes, I do have favourite regulators, and favourite FIUs too) published a thematic report on financial crime training.  In it are the results of a … Continue reading

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In praise of the lecture

I’ve had an epiphany.  I’ve been training people for a quarter of a century now – longer, if you count the innocent young minds once given over to me by the National Curriculum – and I’ve realised something important.  I … Continue reading

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Dire warnings

They say that if you can’t be a good example, then aim to be a dire warning instead.  And this is always the spirit in which I have read reports of “findings” – the more palatable term for regulatory punishments.  … Continue reading

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Fun and games

Some years ago, I designed a money laundering simulation game called WhiteWash.  It was a card-based game for use in training sessions.  In essence, I divided people into groups, gave them a set of cards (featuring jurisdictions, institutions and people) … Continue reading

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Debrett’s: the smartphone edition

I realise that I’m a bit old-fashioned in my ways – for instance, I refuse to drink out of bottles and insist on asking for a glass, often to much eye-rolling from young bar-staff.  And I also work alone much … Continue reading

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AML fatigue

I am in Guernsey this week – and it’s not wall-to-wall sunshine like on “Island Hospital”, I can tell you.  But I am here for the reason that makes me happiest: to talk to lots of lovely people about money … Continue reading

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New school term

Maybe it’s because training is the grown-up equivalent of school lessons, or maybe it’s because I work in a country where the academic year takes a long break to allow children to help get in the harvest (might be time … Continue reading

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