Here you will find the AML-ology curriculum, our monthly curated articles, to help any BSA professional stay up-to-date on the latest trends and learn answers to timeless challenges. We share articles written by a number of industry sources that we believe take an academic approach to the challenges anti- money laundering (AML) professionals face, and actual solutions for you to implement. These articles are published monthly and sent directly to you when you sign up to be an AML-ology Scholar!

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Spotlight: How Your Peers are Addressing MRBs, If They are Actually Banking Them, and How They are Mitigating the Risks Associated with Them

Every year we conduct surveys on important anti-money laundering (AML) topics.  A recent survey focused on the topic of Marijuana Related Businesses (MRBs). While marijuana remains illegal on the federal level, more states have begun legalizing both adult and recreational marijuana on a state level. Although the political landscape has changed, with the Democrats controlling […]

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All About BSA Risk Assessments

A Brief Summary Oddly, despite its significance in the BSA/AML/CFT/OFAC Compliance universe, the BSA Risk Assessment has no statutory requirement even though it is the foundation of any Compliance Program. As compliance professionals, we construct our transaction monitoring systems, OFAC filtering programs, and our whole Compliance Programs, on the risks that we have determined based […]

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Have I Thought of Everything When It Comes to OFAC?

This is one of those questions that keep OFAC Officers up at night. Due to the complexity of the OFAC sanctions and the scope of application, it is a challenge to create a robust program and think of everything. However, with the potential of fines with even one violation, and the size of fines being issued for multiple violations, it is imperative that financial institutions have a strong OFAC program. A strong program must […]

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Current Trends in Cannabis Banking and Merchant Payment Solutions

There has been a problematic lack of merchant payment solutions and access to banking services for the cannabis industry in the United States since its inception. There are many prevalent misconceptions and myths about why this gap in banking services persists, despite the growing success of the cannabis industry in the United States. While it […]

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Human Trafficking, Human Slavery, Trafficking in Persons, Human Smuggling – Part 2

A global problem.  What can we do as US financial institutions to help bring it to an end? Last month we discussed the global blight of human trafficking under its various names.  It is second only to global drug trade in terms of its profitability for the criminals who traffic in persons. It produces well […]

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Human Trafficking, Human Slavery, Trafficking in Persons, Human Smuggling – Part 1: A global problem. What can we do as US financial institutions to help bring it to an end?

Consider the following: On October 23, 2019, the bodies of 39 Vietnamese people—29 men, 2 boys, and 8 women — including 10 teenagers; the youngest were two 15-year-old boys—were found in the trailer of a refrigerated trailer in Essex, United Kingdom. The trailer had been shipped from Belgium, to UK.  Although it was a refrigerated […]

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