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The Process of KYC and its Future in an Evolving World
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The Process of KYC and its Future in an Evolving World

Complying with KYC does not entail one single check, but rather, is a series of processes that combine to ensure the verification of an individual’s identity and the analysis of their suitability to use financial services. The main stages that make up this process are identification, Customer Due Diligence (CDD) […]

FCA takes control over AML and CTF supervision of UK cryptoasset activities
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FCA takes control over AML and CTF supervision of UK cryptoasset activities

UK businesses conducting cryptoasset activities must register with the FCA. The UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has become the anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing (AML/CTF) supervisor for businesses engaging in certain cryptoasset activities under the amended Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing and Transfer of Funds Regulations 2017 (MLRs). Any UK business […]

How to build a culture of compliance
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How to build a culture of compliance

Regulated financial institutions need to ensure that they are putting policies and procedures in place to effectively mitigate their exposure to risk. With scrutiny around regulatory compliance increasing, regulated financial institutions need to ensure that they are putting policies and procedures in place to effectively respond to, and mitigate, their […]

ESMA’s new responsibilities for 2020
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ESMA’s new responsibilities for 2020

The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has revealed an increased focus on supervisory convergence in 2020. Outlined in its new ‘Strategic Orientation for 2020-22’, the regulator has revealed the new responsibilities and powers it will have over the next couple of years following the ESA Review and EMIR 2.2. […]

US blockchain firm Securrency secures $17m funding
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US blockchain firm Securrency secures $17m funding

Fintech and regtech infrastructure firm Securrency has picked up Series A funding of $17.65 million for its blockchain-fuelled ambitions. WisdomTree Investments led the round. Other participants include the Abu Dhabi Investment Office through its Ventures Fund, Japanese financial services company, Monex Group, and venture capital firms RRE Ventures, Strawberry Creek […]

Security in the supply chain – a post-GDPR approach
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Security in the supply chain – a post-GDPR approach

A year and a half after the introduction of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation, Fieldfisher’s James Walsh reviews the fundamentals of supply chain security. Not that long ago, businesses were rushing to put in place contractual terms with their processors to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation’s (GDPR’s) […]

Are the fintech bridges working?
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Are the fintech bridges working?

Following the launch of the UK’s first international partnerships aimed at kickstarting fintech growth, industry leaders question whether they have lived up to expectations. When the UK government announced a series of so-called fintech bridge agreements, it hoped to help firms do business in other international financial technology hubs. Three […]

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BIS wants central banks at center of digital cash revolution

Central banks must embrace the revolution underway in digital money to ensure they remain at the heart of the global payments system, according to the head of the Bank of International Settlements. Agustin Carstens’s argument is that while the private sector “excels at customer-facing activity,” central banks provide the basis […]

Inequality, Climate Change And The Role Of Central Banks
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Inequality, Climate Change And The Role Of Central Banks

What do interest rates and bank regulations have to do with social justice and environmental decay? Potentially, quite a bit. Central banks can and should pay close attention to key issues like income inequality and climate change even if these fall outside their traditional mandates, argues Patrick Honohan, former governor of the Central Bank […]

Welcome to the Google Bank – Your Everyday Banking from Google, NOT a Bank.
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Welcome to the Google Bank – Your Everyday Banking from Google, NOT a Bank.

Google is the latest tech company trying to get a stronger footprint into financial services. The project is codenamed Cache, and the Alphabet subsidiary is expected to launch a checking account sometime next year. The accounts will be managed by Citibank, and a small credit union at Stanford University. According to Google, Citibank will handle the […]