Tag Archives: research

A case in point

I’m ba-ack!  So let’s leap straight in with a complaint.  As every MLRO knows, nothing enlivens an AML training session like a story – known officially as a case study.  At the moment, staff are lapping up details of “the £16 … Continue reading

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Facecrook?

Here’s what I have read about Facebook Libra: According to the Financial Times, it is “a new global digital currency backed by assets and supported by more than two dozen companies ranging from Visa and Mastercard to Lyft and Spotify”. … Continue reading

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Report from the frontline

It may surprise you to hear that when I was a teenager I wanted to be, no, not a model or an air hostess (as they were called in the dim and distant 1980s) or even an AML specialist, but … Continue reading

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Something good written by Committee

As you are surely aware, the UK is currently convulsed (almost to the point of turning itself inside out) by a frenzy of self-analysis.  And AML has not escaped the mood of introspection: on 8 March 2019, the House of … Continue reading

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Cut on the bias

We’re all biased – there’s no getting away from it.  My own particular unfair bias is against taxi drivers; as a cyclist I have been sworn at, side-swiped and (once) squeezed with my bike against the back of a lorry … Continue reading

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Cleaning house

Last week I attended an event at the elegant Whitehall premises of RUSI at which they launched “No Rest for the Wicked”, their report into what the UK’s next steps should be, now that we have (to quote the modest … Continue reading

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Adding some blacking to the UK pot

Any crime that generates money can lead to money laundering, but one of the biggies – and one of the most worrying for governments, with its reputational implications – is corruption.  We tend of think of high-level, regime-toppling corruption (naming … Continue reading

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Taking task forces to task

May I be honest with you?  I have worked alone for more than twenty years and I like it, I really do.  As an only child I became used to not having to compromise, and I also have a visceral … Continue reading

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The tarnish on golden visas

I have mentioned before the concept of “golden visas” and passports-for-sale.  In today’s politically uncertain world they are becoming ever more popular, and last month Transparency International published a report called “European Getaway: Inside the Murky World of Golden Visas”.  … Continue reading

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Something in the way she moves

A while ago I wrote about facial recognition software being used for client identification at ATMs and to apprehend scallywags out in public.  But of course technology does not stand still, and one of the shortcomings of facial recognition software … Continue reading

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