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  • Do I Really Know You?
    August 7, 2020 at 1:00 PM

    Last week, we reported on the newly released 2020 Basel AML Index and the importance of a more dynamic approach to country risk ratings, and risk in general. In Malta, which finds itself in the spotlight again this week in connection with the ongoing Wirecard scandal...

  • What's Wrong With This Picture?
    July 31, 2020 at 11:00 PM

    Last week, the Basel Institute on Governance released its 2020 edition of the Basel AML Index. And what a surprise it was to discover that the country identified as having the lowest risk of money laundering was Estonia...

  • From Macro to Micro
    July 24, 2020 at 10:00 PM

    This week, global firms find themselves in the crosshairs of increasing geopolitical tensions between the United States and China.

  • On the FBI’s Radar
    July 17, 2020 at 9:30 PM

    This week, according to a leaked intelligence bulletin, the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation expressed concern over the money laundering risks in the $10 trillion private equity and hedge funds industry and believe with “high-confidence” ...

  • Why You Should Must Innovate Now
    July 11, 2020 at 3:00 AM

    We talk a lot about innovation and data science at Sigma. An early engineer at the company (frequently) wore a t-shirt that read: “Friends don’t let friends...

  • 123 Main Street
    July 4, 2020 at 2:00 AM

    While ‘123 Main Street’ might seem like an address that gives you pause, there are actually 7,644 locations that bear that address....

  • Where Do We Go Now?
    June 27, 2020 at 3:00 AM

    In the wake of the Wirecard meltdown, if there was ever a time to highlight the importance of understanding and tracking non-financial risk it is now.

  • It All Came Crumbling Down
    June 20, 2020 at 3:00 AM

    This week, the share price of Wirecard fell more than 60%, less than 2 years after its debut on the prestigious Dax index of the country’s 30 leading listed companies. Ironically, at th...

  • State of the €Union
    June 13, 2020 at 3:00 AM

    This week, the European Union announced the establishment of a new unit to combat financial crime amid an economy hampered by the pandemic. Working alongside Europol, the EU’s top law enforcement agency...

  • Where Are We Now?
    June 6, 2020 at 1:00 AM

    The age-old question within compliance functions is whether it’s in their interest to spend time justifying why a case should be mitigated instead of escalating and reporting...

  • 5.4+ Million Hours of Work?
    May 30, 2020 at 1:00 AM

    The burden of investigating, evaluating and filing Suspicious Activity Reports.

  • Switching Lanes
    May 22, 2020 at 12:00 PM

    Technology adoption and the changing environment.

  • The [Gray] List?
    May 15, 2020 at 11:00 PM

    New regulations and the future of the EU money-laundering blacklist.

  • A Pandemic of Corruption
    May 9, 2020 at 3:30 AM

    Last week, following weeks of investigative reporting, The Washington Post compiled their various investigations into a piece called ‘ Read more

  • Cruising Along... But For How Long?
    May 1, 2020 at 9:00 PM

    The cruiseline industry and their battle for bailouts

  • Kabul via Khartoum
    March 6, 2020 at 6:00 PM

    Implications of the Afghan peace deal for global finance 

  • Forecasting 2020
    January 11, 2020 at 12:00 AM

    A look into the year ahead and reviewing prior predictions from years past 

  • A Practical Intro to using Spark-NLP BERT word embeddings
    September 27, 2019 at 9:30 PM

    Leveraging Google’s Bert via Pyspark

  • Death by Whistleblowing
    September 27, 2019 at 6:00 PM

    Former Danske Bank Executive Found Dead

  • Is your client secretly a crypto exchange?
    August 24, 2019 at 1:30 AM

    Social media is the key to keeping up with the latest crypto developments

  • Nordic Entente Cordiale
    August 9, 2019 at 10:00 PM

    A New Nordic Alliance To Combat Illicit Finance

  • Where Was the Board Before the Scandal?
    March 29, 2019 at 6:30 PM

    Swedbank Board Fires CEO

  • Compliance & Fintech
    March 7, 2019 at 4:00 PM

    Compliance step every fintech firm should be considering right now

  • The Safest Place In The World
    August 24, 2019 at 4:00 AM

    This week's release of the 2019 Basel AML Index has got us thinking about static country risk models. It's alw...

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