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Payments Industry 2015 In Focus: Main Stories And Trends
23rd Dec 2015 | Written by:
Once seemingly dull and opaque, the payments industry has muscled itself to prominence at the front of the financial world.
De-Risking By U.S. Banks ‘Here To Stay’
18th Dec 2015 | Written by:
There is little sign that U.S. banks will reverse de-risking practices, legal experts have said, despite growing tension with international money remitters no longer able to gain bank accounts.
FCA Tackles European Money Laundering Changes
14th Dec 2015 | Written by:
The UK's Financial Conduct Authority is looking to overhaul its anti-money laundering regulation as the EU’s Fourth Anti-Money Laundering Directive piles greater pressure on financial institutions...
De-Risking: FinCEN Training Tax Examiners In Bitcoin To Curb Bank Powers
18th Nov 2015 | Written by:
US Treasury officials are working with the Internal Revenue Service to develop a crypto-currency training program for tax inspectors, as it attempts to stop banks from becoming proxy regulators...
Authorities Urged To Tackle Cross-Border De-Risking Crisis
12th Nov 2015 | Written by:
A Financial Stability Board report has called for regulatory clarity and intervention by authorities to help reverse the trend of de-risking by banks, which it says is harming the “vital” cross...
TransferTo Eyes Mobile Money Gold As Banks Flee Remittance Market
12th Nov 2015 | Written by:
When the difference between entry to a trillion-dollar market and brutal regulatory punishment hinges on getting a proper copy of a director’s passport from a developing country, TransferTo chief...
Australia Reveals 300% Hike In Terror Financing Reports
6th Nov 2015 | Written by:
Australia’s top financial crime watchdog has said improved industry vigilance led to a 300 percent increase in suspicious transaction reports about terrorist financing.
Regulators Powerless To Stop Banks Denying ‘Risky’ Accounts, Industry Warned
5th Nov 2015 | Written by:
Banks are unlikely to stop de-risking accounts of certain payment companies despite fresh criticism from anti-money laundering watchdogs, industry experts believe.
Bangladesh: De-Risking Is Stifling $15bn Payments Industry
29th Oct 2015 | Written by:
Bangladesh’s top financial regulator has appealed for “urgent” action from UK and US authorities to address banks’ de-risking practices, which it claims is choking a $15trn remittance industry.
UK Proposes Payment System To Tackle De-Risking
27th Oct 2015 | Written by:
A UK government department has offered a lifeline to remittance businesses strangled by de-risking procedures, proposing a new digital cross-border payment system designed to bypass banks.
De-Risking Fuels Payments Black Market, FATF Warns
26th Oct 2015 | Written by:
The Financial Action Task Force, the global anti-money laundering watchdog, is to work with remittance companies and banks to tackle de-risking, which it claims is fuelling an illicit market in...
De-Risking Escalates As Australian Banks Face Competition Probe
20th Oct 2015 | Written by:
Australia’s banks must face competition watchdogs for denying Bitcoin companies accounts, as global institutions crushed by compliance costs thrust the de-risking issue back into the spotlight.
Heavy-Handed U.S. ‘Damaging Foreign Banks And Remitters’
9th Oct 2015 | Written by:
U.S.-led regulatory pressure on banks is crippling the Caribbean’s remittance industry, undermining efforts to fight financial crime and encouraging a fund transfer black market, experts have said.
Australian Banks Criticised For ‘De-Risking’ Remitters
10th Sep 2015 | Written by:
A sweeping report into Australia’s financial crime detection flaws has criticised banks for shutting or denying accounts for payment remittance companies, as an overhaul of laws becomes...
Western Union Branches Close As Regulatory Pressures Force Bank’s Hand
6th Aug 2015 | Written by:
Western Union’s remittance services in the Bahamas, the Cayman Islands and Turks and Caicos have been shut down due to “excessive” regulatory pressure and compliance costs hurting its partner bank.
In Depth: Compliance Costs Squeeze Banks, Remitters Feel Pinch
19th May 2015 | Written by:
PaymentsCompliance looks at the UAE remittance market as industry voices claim soaring compliance costs are squeezing Middle East banks and forcing them to cut ties with money transfer businesses.
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