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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The Growth of Migrant Services

Migrant Services Providers, from Travel & Foreign Exchange, to Remittances, airtime (top-ups), bill payment and now courier services, keep agents afloat while digital services continue their growth Download PDF Money Transfer Agents are a common feature in all migrant neighborhoods in cities across all the 5 continents. Full of services for migrants, they normally serve…

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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?

La semana pasada, en la conferencia anual de ESTA, European Cash Management Association (Asociación de Compañías Europeas de Gestión de Dinero), esta vez en Viena, participé en la moderación de un panel denominado “The war on cash: black clouds or blue sky ahead?” (La guerra contra el efectivo: ¿nubes negras o cielos despejados en el…

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