The Complete Guide to Sanctions.

Understanding and Managing Sanctions Screening

As the battle against global financial crimes continues, the efforts to hinder the progression of newer, more effective criminal activities are constantly evolving and increasing to meet growing challenges. In years past, the primary focus had been to simply keep organizations and their client-bases secure.

However, as new pervasive threats to financial security continue to emerge on the global platform on a regular basis, today’s financial service providers are faced with much greater responsibility. Quite often, new compliance regulations are introduced in response to current money laundering and terrorism financing exploits seen across the globe, ultimately shifting the regulatory landscape at both national and international levels. While these regulations allow financial institutions to reduce their susceptibility to financial crime and avoid potential damage to their international reputation(s), they also can prove to be rather burdensome for compliance departments of said institutions.

In many cases, businesses that fail in remaining compliant face significant consequences, such as issuance of severe monetary fines and sanctions against them, and occasionally the revoking of banking licenses for breaches of anti-money laundering (AML) regulations. In order to avoid these repercussions, banks have turned to increases in the designation and allocation of funds, manpower, and other resources to aid in the regulatory compliance cause, often hampering the ability of other departments in an institution to effectively perform their respective duties.

Thus the need for advancement of cost-effective alternatives to manual processes, such as the use of cutting-edge automated systems to improve upon this cycle are vital, specifically when taking areas of critical importance, with histories of considerable complexity and high potential for error, such as the screening and filtering processes, into account.

Sanctions and Watchlist screening & filtering processes have evolved into two of the more vital areas of focus for financial institutions (FI’s) worldwide in regards to their abilities to continue the battle against financial crime while remaining compliant with the latest anti-money laundering (AML) and counterterrorist financing (CTF) regulations seen today. Yet the screening process can be quite a formidable task, and must be managed effectively to ensure that no criminal activity has gone undetected

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