Financial crime compliance has witnessed a boom in recent years. The Anti-Money Laundering (AML) software industry is estimated to grow to $3.4 billion by 2027 (Ref: Reuters). But this is a drop in the ocean compared to the cost of non-compliance. Banks have been fined more than $320 billion due to market abuse since the financial crisis of 2008 (Ref: Bloomberg). It is estimated that financial crime is costing the global economy $3-5 trillion dollars per annum but only 1% of illegal gains are frozen or seized by the authorities (Ref: UNODC).
Why aren't more of these funds being captured? The private sector continues to harbour, facilitate and launder proceeds of crime. The regulatory and legislative framework is playing catch-up because changes in law to combat crime is a long process.
Compliance teams are drowning in alerts, often spending up to 95% of their time clearing false matches.
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No financial institution or corporation, regardless of their industry, wants to be a part of a fraud headline, or fall foul of regulations, but staying ahead of opportunistic fraudsters, emerging AML threats and increasing compliance demands seems like a continuous crusade.
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