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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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The UK’s anti money laundering regime – A time for celebration?


Mutual evaluations from the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) are big news within the anti money laundering (AML) community; its peer reviews provide insight into the AML framework of a country, the key risks that it faces and how those risks are managed.

South America: can a continent conquer corruption in 2019?


US politics inevitably tends to attract greater scrutiny than anywhere else in the Americas. Regrettably, this often obscures that which is unfolding in the southern half of the continent, where very interesting – often odd, sometimes distressing – events are taking place. Last year was a case in point.....More

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Top 5 fines of 2018: Lessons Learned from Enforcement Action


As Father Christmas prepares his list of who has been naughty or nice, I thought it would be interesting to take look at enforcement action in 2018 from around the world and consider some New Year’s resolutions that compliance professionals may want to make in 2019.

How to use a football club to launder money


Identify a football club in distress....More

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A look at the illicit financial flows from wildlife crime and illegal wildlife trade


On 11–12 October, the UK government is hosting the 2018 Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference in London. This conference aims to tackle illegal wildlife trade (IWT) as a serious organised crime.

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’.....More

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International news and developments - August 2018


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Systemic failures in the betting and gaming sector


The betting and gaming sector has been the recipient of a number of financial penalties over the last eighteen months for a lack of compliance with statutory and regulatory measures

Getting the measure: the SMCR challenge


David Jackman highlights the challenges associated with efforts to measure whether the SMCR is working....More

International news and developments - June 2018


The World Cup of Corruption: Part 1


Football itself – and in particular FIFA – has been beset by corruption problems over the last decade. In light of this we thought we would consider each fixture of the tournament through the lens of corruption.....More

International news and developments - May 2018


With the US out of the Iran deal, the EU considers ‘Blocking Regulation’


In 2015, an agreement, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), was drawn up in which Iran agreed to curtail its nuclear activities in return for the lifting of UN, US and EU sanctions.....More

International news and developments - April 2018


EU fifth anti money laundering directive (5MLD)


Here’s an insight into some of the changes put forward in this fifth and latest update.....More

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What does being a member of ICA do for you as a compliance professional?


Are we becoming a cashless society?


Biometric technology, contactless cards and online shopping. Is this the beginning of the end for cash?....More

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The Financial Conduct Authority publishes 2018/19 business plan


The FCA’s business plan for this year has had to strike a careful balance between the considerable amount of work that is going to be taking place on Brexit, which is already well underway, and their other strategic priorities.

International news and developments - March 2018


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The RegTech and FinTech Revolution


RegTech is now one of the most talked about innovations in the financial services sector. The added influx of FinTech that has caused the incumbent population of the financial services industry to sit up and take notice. Disruption is a clear and present threat to this community. The revolution is here.

5 reasons to recertify your ICA Diploma


For the first time, we are delighted to offer our Diploma graduates the opportunity to recertify their qualification in either AML, governance risk and compliance or financial crime prevention.....More

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Why is it important to know your customer?


Do you ever truly know your customer? And, if you don't does it really matter?

International news and developments - February 2018


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2018: elections, cybercrime, Bitcoin and bribery


Unpredictability is the new normal. What does 2018 hold for our industry?

International news and developments - January 2018


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Five things you need to know about Bitcoin


Bitcoin has taken the world by storm; Simone Jones shares what she has learnt about cryptocurrency over the course of the last year.

International news and developments - December 2017


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Blurring the lines: how technology is shaping illicit finance typologies


As technological innovation sweeps the financial sector, the compliance professional faces developments of huge consequence.

Top five blogs on anti money laundering of 2017


As the year draws to a close, it’s always a good opportunity to reflect on the past 12 months. With this in mind, I took a look back at the blogs International Compliance Training has published on anti money laundering in 2017 and chose my five favourites.....More

International news and developments - November 2017


A turning tide? Terrorism and the Caribbean


How many of us, if we were then asked to think of terrorism and the Caribbean, would think back to the bygone era of piracy; of Calico Jack and mutiny on the seas? This era ended around the 1830s so surely terrorism is something that now happens outside of the Caribbean, doesn’t it?....More

International news and developments - October 2017


Meet an ICA Member with Jerry Walters


Jerry Walters has a Distinction in the International Compliance Association Diploma Course in Anti-Money Laundering (AML) and Counter Terrorist Financing (CTF). As well as being a member of the ICA, Jerry is a former Detective Constable and has worked on high profile cases including Operation Trilby. He is still involved in all aspects of tackling financial crime through the running of his own business. Here, Jerry discusses what ICA and compliance means to him.....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…

A round-up of international news - September 2017


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Infographic: ICA Open Day - 13 September 2016


Still wondering whether to come to the ICA Open Day (or one of the local sessions)? Then have a look at our infographic for a few compelling reasons to register your place this year...

Tone from the top: back in the spotlight


Ethics is high on corporate agendas these days. The financial crisis of almost a decade ago has had far-reaching implications, not least in encouraging the leaders of companies in all sectors to take a long, hard look at how their organisations do business and whether they are doing it in the right way.....More

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!

Infographic: ICA Open Day - 3 February 2016


Still wondering whether to come to the ICA Open Day (or one of the roadshows)? Then have a look at our infographic for a few compelling reasons to register your place this year....More

Single Criminality vs Dual Criminality


I came across an article recently that reported on a money laundering conviction in Thailand in which a Dutchman, Johan van Laarhoven, received a prison sentence of 103 years. Now, on the face of it Van Laarhoven elicits no sympathy from me, if you’re involved in money laundering you deserve to face the consequences, right?

Single Criminality vs Dual Criminality


I came across an article recently that reported on a money laundering conviction in Thailand in which a Dutchman, Johan van Laarhoven, received a prison sentence of 103 years. Now, on the face of it Van Laarhoven elicits no sympathy from me, if you’re involved in money laundering you deserve to face the consequences, right?....More

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5 top tips for writing ICA assignments


These tips were published originally in 2013 but have recently been revised. We hope you find them useful! Here at ICT we recognise that the assignment and exam process can be a challenge, particularly if you haven’t studied in a while and are also trying to get to grips with the subject matter. So we try our best to help. This is really a companion to both of those. Again, I’m writing this from the point of view of someone who has undertaken ICA Diploma assignments as a delegate, as well as a member of the ICT Academic Team.

Win a free place at ICA's Annual Conference 'Benchmarking Compliance - Preparing for the Road Ahead’, 27 March 2013, London


What do you think the future holds for compliance? How much of a threat is social media to your firm? How difficult is it to lead a culture of integrity?....More

Before you jump into the Cloud...


There has been much hype about cloud computing but when it comes to breaking into the Financial Institutions (FI) here in Singapore, it seems to have hit a roadblock. Why? Well, simply because it touches something that is very crucial to an FI – data and control!

'Tis the season to write lists!


It’s the season for reviews and compilation of lists. Top ten books. Top ten films. Contenders for personality of the year. Top ten presents to be bought for under a fiver that won’t disintegrate within 10 seconds of being opened. There are reviews of the news events from over the last 12 months, reviews of people who hit the headlines and our personal favourite here in ICA, the review letter s– typed – that come with the Christmas cards. ......More

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