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Insight : Dave-Robson

Dave Robson

Starting a career in compliance - Part 1


There’s a whole world of professional paths out there. Yet a lot of kids seem to dream of the same options: ‘when I grow up I want to be a vet, doctor, firefighter, police officer’. These are all admirable options, but not many say ‘I want to work in compliance’. Not yet, anyway.....More

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Which ICA qualification is right for me?


This is the question we get asked the most. With ICA Briefing Sessions in full swing at the moment, it seemed like it was worth addressing. So what do we tell you? Essentially, there are two main pieces of advice we normally focuse on when discussing ICA qualifications

Corruption Perceptions Index – do movements in the middle also reflect the regulatory environment?


The new Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) has been released and you can see the results here. The Index is used in many financial crime models and is a highly regarded tool for geographic risk insight.....More

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Mental Health in a Changing World


October 10 is World Mental Health Day. One of the themes this year is ‘mental health in a changing world’.

Money Laundering & Financial Crime: Typology Update 2018


It’s been a few months since I last did one of these and wrote about the Pakistan Lottery Typology. There’s been a few things which have caught my eye since then so I thoughts I’d share them. No particular order. I’ll look at some similarities at the end though.....More

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Money Laundering – the Pakistan Lottery Typology


Hooray! I’m a winner! I won £412,000 on the Pakistan Prize Bond Draw. And I didn’t just win it once. I won it 123 times. Yes – you read that correctly. I won it 123 times. Fancy that eh? What an incredible run of luck. Now pause, if you haven’t already. That’s as likely as winning the UK National Lottery jackpot 40 weeks running…

FA Cup Special: the 4-3-3 lines of defence


This weekend sees the annual English FA Cup Final. It’s been previously reported that this football match can attract half a billion viewers from across the world. Chelsea won the English Premier League this season. This was widely lauded as being down to a switch to a 3-5-3 formation in the early autumn. Arsenal have often utilized 4-3-3 formation. The ‘3 lines’ seems to dovetail rather nicely with the ‘3 lines of defence’ mode (3LOD), which is widely used in regulated firms to provide a systematic approach to risk management. Let’s explore that a bit further so we can draw out the similarities.....More

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Anti-Bribery and Corruption Training


In order to achieve good understanding of, and compliance with, your anti-corruption policies, you need a process that transfers the necessary knowledge, insight and skill to those who serve your organisation.

Do you really know your customer?


Do you know your customer? Do you? Really? If someone asked you to “sum up the financial crime risks posed by the relationship”, would you be able to do it?....More

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Interpreting ICA Assignment Feedback


Ping. Here’s the email – the mark for your ICA Advanced Certificate or Diploma assignment is now available. Gulp. Time to access the ICA website. Let’s look at the two main scenarios that tend to unfold...

CPD – groan, do I really have to?


Come on, admit it, we’ve all thought this at some point. It’s getting towards the end of the year and your Manager or HR team are checking your records. You’re supposed to do 35 hours (or thereabouts). Some can be structured, some unstructured. Does that day spent learning how to make PowerPoints more engaging count? When was it? Oh, if only you’d written it down at the time!....More

Infographic: Don't Look Won't Find - Transparency International Report Statistics


Billions of pounds in corrupt funds are pouring into the UK every year. Transparency International - Don't Look Won't Find Weaknesses in the supervision of the UK's anti money laundering rules.

The importance of effective and meaningful customer due diligence (CDD)


The profile of money laundering and terrorist financing risk has seen exponential growth, and the stakes have never been higher.....More

Mansion House – implications for Compliance?


Our financial services industry in Britain has, in recent years, been seen as part of the problem – now it must become part of the solution. That was the message from George Osborn MP, Chancellor of the Exchequer, in his 2015 Mansion House speech.

Terrorism and the UK - Did you realise?


"The figures for assets frozen are remarkably low..."....More

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5 top tips on how to approach your ICA exam


The way you approach an exam can have a massive impact on the outcome. Subject matter knowledge is crucial but this is only half the battle. You’ve studied the course for months, digested the wider reading and put the effort into completing the assignments. Now you want to pass with the highest score you can, achieve the certification and put all you have learned into practice. Here are five tips that will help you achieve your goal.

Top 5 common mistakes made in ICA exams


Last November I wrote a popular blog on Top 5 tips for ICA exams so I thought it would be worth following this up with some more useful guidance.....More

PPI. High profile letters, big losses. Could this be the most undesirable three letter combo?


The BBC Business website has today added a video on PPI compensation levels. Most of you will know what PPI stands for, at least in the first instance - Payment Protection Insurance. But the second instance you may be less familiar with - Polly Peck International. So what’s going on, I hear you ask?

Inside Job - Storyville


Sitting in the Planner from the tail end of 2011 was ‘Inside Job – Storyville’. The synopsis said it was an Academy Award winning forensic analysis of the 2008 global financial crisis, tracing the emergence of a rogue culture within the finance industry which has corrupted politics, regulation, and academia. At a cost over $20 trillion, the crisis caused millions of people to lose their jobs and homes in the worst recession since the Great Depression, and nearly caused global financial collapse. And Matt Damon does the voiceover.....More

Madoff the movie - a story that you couldn't make up


This year Hollywood star Robert De Niro is set to star as disgraced financier Bernard Madoff, in an HBO movie which he will also produce. The case of Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi scheme is pretty stunning and is referenced in ICA's Financial Crime Prevention Diploma material. As far as I know, Mr De Niro has not taken the ICA Diploma (as yet, but his application is most welcome).

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