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As the dust continues to swirl around the US presidential election much media mileage is being made of the USA's "first black woman vice president."

There's just one issue: Kamala Harris isn't "black."

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Good morning. I seem to be having some difficulty working out how long a month is, as it seems that my last monthly newsletter was on 25th August. That's as close to two months ago as no matter.

In that two months, much has happened in the world and a lot of it has a direct, or indirect, impact on the world of financial crime risk and compliance.

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We are, once more, seeing unprecedented times as country after country sets records for daily infections with CoVid-19. But there's a forgotten, perhaps unrecognised, group of people who are deserving of attention.

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Financial Crime Risk and Compliance LIVE!


Malaysia Update 2020: Kuala Lumpur 27/28 October 2020

Organised by 3Novex Asia.


UPDATE: Due to increased restrictions due to coronavirus infection rates, this event has been postponed. A new date will be published when more information is available. Until then, please do contact the organisers to make sure you are kept up to date.

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There is, at present, a state of excitement amongst the media, some financial crime consultants and some politicians in response to what they are being told is public opinion.

The so-called FinCEN Files were heavily telegraphed in a media blitz more akin to the launch of a Hollywood film that has cost a fortune but the result isn't as good as was hoped.

In the USA and the UK, mainstream media outlets have published a series of articles that, they say, arise because of what it has found in documents obtained from the USA's Financial Intelligence Unit, FinCEN.

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Before almost every FATF meeting in the recent past there have been comments that Pakistan will be removed from the "Grey List". We've heard about legal and regulatory changes to make that happen.

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It′s been a busy few weeks in financial crime. One has to wonder how much of it is pent-up action that people have found ways to do since the world began working from its back-bedroom or the kitchen table and how much of it is people trying to keep busy so they look as if they are achieving something when they haven′t found ways to perform their normal duties effectively.

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In this newsletter:

Covid-19 won't go away, why I gave up with podcasts in 1997 and how the number 8 is playing a huge part in the launch of a new course on correspondent banking, value transfer systems and remittances.

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Last week, I finished the Essentials: Correspondent Banking etc. course. Then I threw it away and wrote something completely different instead.

Here's why and how I've ended up walking around like a bird with a broken wing.

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The announcement without warning that the UK's Financial Conduct Authority was freezing assets of German FinTech Wirecard has caused consternation.

But while the fall-out has been severe for many individuals, it was both temporary and fits the profile of interventions. There were also good and prudent reasons for it.

Here's why.

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