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Opposing financial rules in U.S., Europe could fuel next crisis, expert warns

03/16/2018

The vice-chairman of the Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation, Larry Thompson, says forcing different standards on banks and other global financial services could spark the next financial crisis. While Europe has been toughening financial regulations, the U.S. is taking steps to relax them. A lack of coordination on international banking rules could be the “seed” of the next economic downturn, he believes.
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03/14/2018

Amazon rolls out debit card in Mexico

The Paypers • Deposits • Industry News

Amazon added a rechargeable debit card in Mexico as part of its strategy to encourage shoppers without bank accounts to buy online. Part of the challenge is attracting consumers who are wary of online fraud and don’t have access to credit and debit cards. Less than one-third of adults in Mexico own credit cards, according to a 2017 government report. Mexico is the first country where Amazon offers a debit card as it aims to give customers a new method to shop on its website.

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03/14/2018

Big banks’ AML controls failing, allowing for cartel, terrorism financing: Regulators

Reuters • AML BSA CTF • Industry News

Financial institutions are to blame for the real-life consequences of AML failures, regulators say. In order to turn this around, banks need to reconfigure their transaction monitoring programs to identify the money laundering and terrorism finance methods that are defeating detection scenarios. They argue that adopting an actor-centric, hybrid threat finance model can cut compliance costs, reduce risk, improve regulatory relations and increase the usefulness of suspicious activity reports. Related: Fed Orders ICBC To Tighten AML Checks

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03/14/2018

Consumer protection, AML issues among cryptocurrency hearing talks

MoneyLaundering.com (sub. req.) • AML BSA CTF • Industry News

Industry representatives and lawmakers are in discussions to more effectively regulate cryptocurrencies and other fintech advances without hampering innovation.

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03/16/2018

Payday lending chain given green light to partner with banks

Wall Street Journal (sub. req.) • Lending • Industry News

The OCC lifted a 16-year prohibition on partnerships between payday loan chain ACE Cash Express and national banks. The agency’s director Joseph Otting is encouraging the offering of more small-dollar consumer loans by banks.

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