Tag Archives: money laundering

Faint at art

It’s a tricky thing, art.  No – I don’t mean those arguments over whether an unmade bed or a black painted square is art, but the deliberations about when the art world is part of the AML community and when … 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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Mind your own business

One of the trickier aspects of the MLRO’s job is the juggling act they have to perform to keep everyone happy – staff, Board (or whatever their firm’s top layer of control is called), regulators and investigators.  Although this can … Continue reading

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Chewing the FATF

Last week the FATF met for its regular plenary meeting and – as it does three times a year – updated its list of what I call “dodgy countries”, which are more correctly known as “jurisdictions under increased monitoring”.  In … Continue reading

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Back to school

When I was eleven I spent four terms in a girls’ boarding school in Worcestershire – as an only child I did not take well to the lack of privacy, and by far my fondest memory is of a day … Continue reading

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I beg your pardon

In the last few days of the presidency of Donald Trump, when he was granting pardons to his chums and executing three black men and a woman while his mob was looting the Capitol, I read a tweet that has … Continue reading

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The age of the mistress criminal?

I have written a couple of times before (here and here) about the ascendency of women in the world of criminality in general and money laundering in particular.  And it seems that this is no short-term trend – it’s a … Continue reading

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Fishy business

For years, the AML community has been trying to get their message heard at the highest levels of the regulated sector.  Business schools have various terms for it, from “tone from the top” to “business culture” to “the rotting fish” … Continue reading

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All in the mind

I have a daily Google alert that sends me anything containing the phrase “money laundering”, and earlier this month it sent me down the rabbit-hole of reading about “mental money laundering”.  It’s not – as sometimes happens – the simple … 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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