This is going to make a lot of people very angry. Sadly, those that are going to be angry are those that have been found out; those that should be angry - the consumers who have been misled and the tax payers who have supported the rampant charge into FinTech support by regulators and, even, the banks who have had their business models and even management plans disrupted, in the true sense of the word, by the host of millennial-targeting banks that pretended they were not banks, supported in that subterfuge by regulators - are not going to be angry.
I thought I had nothing current to say, as I'm busy readying myself for the relaunch of Quick To Learn more in a few days. But it was time to write a newsletter, in particular drawing attention to quicktolearnmore.com and a couple of things at financialcrimetraining.com
As I wrote the tailpiece, it turned into an inadvertent article that works as a blog. I'm not going to BLOG / cast it. Here, in its original form including the ads :)
I have a newsletter in preparation but there's stuff still to do. But, sometimes, it's worth jotting a few notes mainly for myself but perhaps of some interest or use to others. In any case, there's a thing about writing. If you can't write what you want, write anything, no matter how random or rubbish, to get the "I'm a writer" part of the brain going. So, here are meanderings (and that bit was written after the rest of the page so it's worked. Ish). And if you think it's a waste of your time, stop reading. Or learn the technique because it might help you when.... Read on to find out when.
It all started when I was looking at the visitors' logs for this website.
Actually, it all started when I got up this morning and wanted something in particular for lunch. That was impossible, and that's why I was looking at the visitors' logs.
(There will be no blogcast of this article because it's got nothing to do with financial crime!)
In this last newsletter before whatever Christmas will mean this year and, indeed the last newsletter for 2020, let’s have a look at just two of the several live issues in relation to financial crime risk and compliance.
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One of the most quoted sayings of Sun Tzu ("No plan survives the first contact with the enemy") isn't by Sun Tzu. But there is at least some evidence that an ear-biting, wife-beating boxer said "no plan survives the first punch in the face" (although even that is told in several different versions). So I feel entirely justified in coming up with my own variant on the original misquote.
No plan survives the first contact with the Year of the Rat (or 2020 - take your pick)
It sounds like a letter on an agony aunt page, doesn't it? But no, it's actually a series of sensible questions from someone who is bamboozled by the jargon in the financial sector. Here it is, with my replies.
When Des Hellicar-Bowman referred to a 19th Century book, "The Theory of the Leisure Classes" by Thorstein Veblen, I knew it would be good because Mr Hellicar-Bowman and I take a similar view of financial crime in that it the only way to understand it and therefore to effectively counter it is to make a broad study of everything to do with it, including those things that appear to be only peripherally relevant. The book is obliquely applicable to financial crime but it is directly relevant to how we view assets and source of funds and source of wealth. Here's what I found....