Tag Archives: Financial Conduct Authority

Could do better

One of my most over-used phrases in my AML training is “new entrants to the AML family” – when I am explaining that we cannot expect all sectors (e.g. estate agents, art market participants) to be as au fait with … Continue reading

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Loophole in the wall

Cash is a problem during a pandemic.  Cash-intensive businesses like nail bars cannot trade, and takeaway food outlets have turned into delivery hubs with payment in advance by card.  Luckily, anyone desperate to offload their criminal cash has a new-ish … Continue reading

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The young and the riskless

I never thought I’d say this, but there are two great advantages to being 55: (a) I’ve had my first covid jab (one shivery night afterwards but apart from that – woohoo!), and (b) I’m not being targeted quite as … Continue reading

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Head, brick wall, etc.

I first started designing and delivering AML training in 1996.  That’s a full quarter-century ago.  And can you imagine how many times I have said, over those twenty-five years, things like “check regularly for PEPs – regulators are hot on … Continue reading

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The plain un-SAR-nished truth

Remember when Hugh Grant was PM in “Love Actually” and he found out that his tea-lady’s ex-boyfriend had been nasty to her and offered to have the scoundrel assassinated by the “absolutely charming” SAS?  “Ruthless trained killers are just a … Continue reading

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The concept of anonymous publication

We all have a talent, and mine is words.  I love reading and writing them, my spelling is pretty crash-hot, and if I am trying to remember something, I tend to see it as a word, e.g. “I’ve forgotten his … Continue reading

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Made to measure

About once a year I will say in a dreamy voice, “Perhaps I should do a PhD in criminology…”.  I love the idea of spending months in the library as I craft my thesis, and then becoming the first-ever Dr … Continue reading

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The sands of time

I know everyone laughs about jargon – business bingo, anyone? – but I think we’re all guilty of it to some extent.  I know I expect everyone to understand me when I talk about AML, MLROs and the regulated sector, … Continue reading

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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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A state of grace

Someone asked me recently about grace.  Not the spiritual kind, or indeed the physical – if there is a loose paving stone within a hundred yards, I will trip over it.  No, what they were concerned about is the period … Continue reading

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