Featured Fintech

High-risk entities to be audited by FIAU every 18 months

Financial intermediaries and other entities classified as “high-risk” are going to have to undergo a rigorous examination by the Financial Intelligence Analysis Unit every 18 months. A new automated system will classify entities according to their risk profile, a compliance manager with the FIAU said during a media briefing in response… Read More

Entering the era of intelligent payments

Automation and artificial intelligence are transforming the payments industry into one of the most dynamic sectors of transaction banking. But there are still many teething problems in an industry that has been catapulted onto centre stage. Doing business in Sudan isn’t easy, but back in 2011, it should have been… Read More

Albanian gangs take up cryptocurrencies: ‘We need a new approach’ say police

Notorious Albanian gangs in the UK have a new trick up their sleeves. They are using cryptocurrencies for money-laundering operations, and it’s making life hard for the police. Albanian gangs have been heavily implicated in the UK’s cocaine market, a business estimated to be worth around £5bn ($6.23bn) annually. The… Read More
18th September 2019
The cryptocurrency industry is rushing to comply with new anti-money-laundering standards that require exchanges and other firms to share information about their customers. The standards, adopted in June by the Financial Action Task Force, require cryptocurrency exchanges, some digital wallet providers and other firms to send customer data—including names… Read More
12th September 2019
Facebook’s (FB.O) Libra cryptocurrency suffered another setback on Wednesday when Switzerland said the proposed payments system could face strict rules that typically apply to banks, on top of tough anti-money laundering laws. The world’s largest social media network announced plans in June to launch the new currency as… Read More
23rd August 2019
When HSBC Holdings Plc thwarted a $500 million central-bank heist, sophisticated computer software didn’t raise the alarm. The funds flowed undetected from Angola’s reserves to a dormant company’s account in London. It was a teller at a suburban bank branch who became suspicious, declined a request to transfer $2 million,… Read More
20th August 2019
Today, it’s not just humans competing for work in banking. Machines are becoming a threat to warm-blooded number crunchers worldwide. Indeed, almost one-third of financial-services jobs could be displaced by automation by the mid-2030s, according to a report by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP last year. Despite those stark forecasts, some optimists… Read More
15th August 2019
Barclays (BARC.L) is no longer providing banking services to major cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase, sources familiar with the matter told Reuters, ending a relationship that started in March last year as the exchange expanded in Europe. The rare deal between the San Francisco-based exchange and the British bank made… Read More
7th August 2019
For decades, increasing reliance on technology and automation has meant one thing for workers: fewer jobs. In a fast-growing corner of the finance industry, it’s doing the opposite as banks across Europe struggle to fill positions in units employing tech to combat money laundering. Reeling from a litany of scandals… Read More
1st August 2019
The United Kingdom’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) finalized a policy statement Wednesday on the kinds of crypto-related products that fall under its regulatory remit. The final guidance, which does not address pending anti-money laundering (AML) obligations for crypto-related firms, clarifies that the FCA has supervisory authority over security tokens, which… Read More
30th July 2019
When Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko met entrepreneur Viktor Prokopenya in March 2017, their discussion was scheduled to last for an hour but went on for three times that long. The meeting, Prokopenya said, ended with Lukashenko asking him to propose regulations to boost the country’s tech sector. Prokopenya worked with… Read More
29th July 2019
Digital currency exchange BTC-e and one of its owners, a Russian whose extradition the U.S. is seeking from Greece to face criminal charges, now face a civil lawsuit in California. The U.S. is attempting to recover penalties of $100 million from the company and Alexander Vinnik for alleged violations of… Read More
23rd July 2019
An Indian government panel has recommended banning all private cryptocurrencies and a jail term of up to 10 years and heavy fines for anyone dealing in digital currencies, which could signal the end of them in India. The panel drew up a report and draft legislation, which will be examined… Read More