Africa — The Latest Fintech Frontier, If Not the Last

Global payment and remittance companies constantly search for a competitive advantage: service enhancements, promotions, industry segments and target customers to name a few. As the world gets smaller and more connected technologically and in communications, those breakthroughs are harder to find, or at least more difficult to differentiate unique features vs. the available options. Enter…

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Risk Management in US MSB Institutions

Introduction The US Bank Secrecy Act (“BSA”) requires that every Money Services Businesses (“MSB”) implement a BSA/Anti-Money Laundering (“AML”) Compliance Program.  Risk assessments provide a clear view as to the organization’s policies and procedures. Failure to implement a comprehensive BSA/AML Compliance Program may result in significant fines and/or penalties by state and federal regulators. So,…

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Joseph Ciccolo, AML veteran, explains how to engage with your regulator and manage your money transfer licenses

I split my time between the crypto and international money transfer world. To speak in generalities, the energy, mindset, and concerns are dramatically different. When it comes to compliance, however, I do think some parts of the cryptosphere are starting to edge closer: Fear the regulator — or your business will face capital punishment. No…

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Cash & Digital: black clouds or blue skies?

Last week at the ESTA Conference, the European Cash Management Companies Association’s yearly event, this time in Vienna, I moderated a panel entitled “The war on cash: black clouds or blue sky ahead?”. For the panel, I had the opportunity to have some of the best speakers on the subject.

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