State of Financial Crime 2023 Report

Retail Banks

An enterprise-wide risk assessment (EWRA) brings a harmonized approach to the types of risk an organization faces. For banks, in particular, an EWRA involves the financial institution identifying threats, critical risks, and impacts that should be considered to manage risks […]

As the regulatory and enforcement focus on money laundering and related financial crimes intensifies, adverse media screening can add immense value for banks. Effective adverse media screening demonstrates a bank’s strong commitment to responsible compliance and can result in substantial […]

Banking professionals understand the importance of their companies’ reputations. Research by media communications specialists Weber Shandwick found that global executives attribute 63 percent of their company’s market value to its reputation. Yet, unexpected events and resulting bad news can quickly […]

At the heart of all anti-money laundering and terrorist financing (AML/TF) regulation is the risk-based approach (RBA). The RBA recognizes that the risk profile of a bank’s customers varies widely and thus risk mitigation measures need to be proportionate. While […]

The Australian government will formally respond to a report advising banks of their responsibility to provide services to virtual currency trading platforms, FinTechs, and remittance providers. Published in August 2022, the report aims to address de-banking in these industries and […]

On September 13, 2022, the Central Bank of Ireland fined Danske Bank €1.82m for transaction monitoring failures in its anti-money laundering (AML) and terrorist financing systems. Pursuant to the Central Bank’s administrative sanctions procedure, Danske Bank was reprimanded by the […]

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has charged Wells Fargo Advisors, the broker-dealer arm of Wells Fargo & Company, for failing to file at least 34 suspicious activity reports (SARs) in a timely manner between April 2017 and October 2021. […]

The USAA Federal Savings Bank (USAA FSB) has been fined $140m after admitting that despite repeated warnings, it willfully failed to implement and maintain an anti‑money laundering (AML) program that met the minimum requirements of the US Bank Secrecy Act […]