Tag Archives: Regulation

Collections & Recovery Why GDPR Is a Four-Letter Word for Collectors

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Mar202017

Collectors in Europe who have been ignoring GDPR because it was risk’s problem, or the CIO’s problem, or the compliance team’s problem should think again. GDPR could well be a four-letter word for collections. You’re probably familiar with the General Data Protection Regulation, Europe’s attempt to create a single, enforceable standard to protect the freedom and rights of EU citizens. But you might not have thought much about it from a collections perspective. I just presented a webinar on GDPR in collections, so I’ve got an hour’s worth of material if you want to listen to it. However, I’ll keep it brief here and just give you 11 takeaways to ponder: 1. It applies from 25 May 2018. You have a year to get comfortable with it. 2. It’s not just about social media data. That’s how it started, but it broadened into an all-encompassing piece of regulation by the time it... [Read More]

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Fraud & Security Why the Panama Papers Leak Was Good for KYC

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Mar132017

For many banks, KYC — Know Your Customer — means asking them how they intend to use a product, where the funds are coming from for their new account, etc. At the same time, the bank will check the customer against sanction lists, PEP (politically exposed persons) lists, and so forth. It’s not enough. Some hard evidence that it’s not enough came in 2016, when the so-called Panama Papers leak revealed that thousands of people worldwide owned a shell company in one of the countries covered. This was, needless to say, not something those individuals had disclosed to their banks. Should banks care? Absolutely. Under the KYC requirements that are part of current regulations, such as the 4th EU Money Laundering Directive and the fifth pillar of the BSA, the bank needs to know the business of their customers. If a customer owns an offshore company, it’s quite possibly so... [Read More]

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Risk & Compliance The Skinny on Trump’s Regulatory Reset

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Feb232017

In my 2017 regulatory predictions post last month, I concluded by saying that the new year would be very different for the financial services industry than 2016. This certainly didn’t take long to come to fruition. In the first two weeks of the new administration, President Trump took several steps aimed at slowing down as well as scaling back current and future regulations. Despite these aggressive actions, there remains a number of challenges related to the reach and impact of these directives. Regulatory Reform through Memorandum and Executive Orders Out of the gate, the Trump administration made good on its promise to curtail the pace of federal regulations. Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff Reince Priebus issued a memo on Inauguration Day that, in part, calls for the heads of executive departments and agencies to initiate a regulatory freeze until someone designated by the President has a chance... [Read More]

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Fraud & Security AI Meets AML: How Smart Analytics Fight Money Laundering

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Feb132017

In the last six months alone, I think I’ve read at least 1,000 Wall Street Journal articles on artificial intelligence (AI) and its technologic cousins: robots, drones and self-driving cars. Between those three things, I’m pretty sure most of the jobs humans have today will change. Some will even disappear. There is so much noise about AI and its ilk that, in my opinion, it’s important for us in the worlds of fraud and compliance to take a step back and focus on how we can implement this incredibly advanced technology in the context of our current technology and regulatory environment. For example, while it’s pretty cool how AI is now being leveraged to play poker and beat professionals in real games, it’s a distraction from the discussion of ways that AI can help right now, today, for real business challenges. One of the places where AI can make a... [Read More]

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Risk & Compliance 2017 Banking Regulatory Predictions—Brace for a Sea Change

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Jan092017

Last fall, I suspect that most regulatory compliance professionals in the U.S. consumer lending market anticipated 2017 would be more of the same. This meant a continued focus on implementation of recently adopted rules, while bracing for a wave of new regulations from the federal banking agencies. Everything changed on November 8. The unexpected election of Donald Trump resulted, in many cases, in a 180-degree course correction. The Trump administration, bolstered by the reelection of a Republican majority in both houses of Congress, has fostered a new environment that is expected to promote de-regulation. While I won’t ever be mistaken for Nostradamus, amidst this regulatory sea change, I feel (relatively) confident in sharing with you my top regulatory compliance predictions for 2017. A little-known law will have big impact on regulation. Haven’t heard of the Congressional Review Act (CRA)? You are not alone. This obscure statutory provision was adopted in... [Read More]

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Risk & Compliance New York Proposes Major Changes to Cybersecurity Regulation

Nov012016

These days, cybersecurity is a hot-button issue in policy circles. Look no further than the US presidential debates, where our two candidates have highlighted the need to address hackers, security breaches and even foreign nations that may be using sophisticated cyber tactics to influence the outcome of the upcoming November elections. The pressure to get policies and systems in place to confront these threats is real. Some policy leaders, like those in New York, are not deferring to the federal government to take the lead. On September 13, the New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) proposed first-of-its-kind cybersecurity rules covering a wide range of banks, insurers and financial services companies under its jurisdiction. The issuance of the proposed regulations follows a series of industry surveys and discussions with its regulated entities over the course of several years that provided insights on their cybersecurity programs, related costs and future plans.... [Read More]

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Risk & Compliance New CRA Guidance Promotes Use of Alternative Data in Lending

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Oct042016

The potential of alternative data in consumer lending decisions continues to be a hot topic in Washington, D.C., with the latest evidence seen in developments related to the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA). When federal banking agencies recently revised their Q&As for CRA compliance, their focus on the use of alternative data caught my eye. This development is welcome news for those here at FICO and for our many existing and prospective customers. Adopted in 1977, the CRA is intended to encourage depository institutions to help meet the credit needs of the communities in which they operate, including low- and moderate-income neighborhoods. The Act requires federal banking agencies (the OCC, FDIC and Federal Reserve – “Agencies”) to conduct periodic reviews of each depository institution’s efforts in this area. CRA regulations provide various methods of evaluating bank performance, corresponding to differences in institutions’ asset sizes, structures and operations. After a thorough assessment... [Read More]

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Customer Engagement Getting Checking Fee Management Right

Jul192016

Fees are an important and often misunderstood part of checking accounts. Management of checking account fees is often scrutinized by regulatory agencies and the public. A review of the CFPB’s Complaint Database and the CFPB’s 2015 Consumer Response Annual Report shows the impact of poorly managed fee programs on consumers and the banking industry. How do you know if you are effectively managing fees? Ask yourself these questions: Are your policies easy to understand and consistently implemented by your front-line personnel? Is your fee waiver approach based on relationship and risk, or do you have a one-size-fits all approach to fee waivers and fee reversals? Are your policies easy to understand and consistently implemented? Let’s discuss the “easy to understand” part of this question first. The fee policies in place must be easy to understand for your customers as well as your staff. Your front-line employees should understand the fees that... [Read More]

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Risk & Compliance Meet the New Financial Crime Sheriff: Analytics

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Jul142016

The sheer scope of financial crime—money laundering, evasion of sanctions, financing of terror and other transgressions—is shocking. The past couple of years have been punctuated with blockbuster events like corruption at FIFA, the governing body of international soccer; the Panama Papers; and the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) scandal. All of these crimes were years in the making, which makes me think there are many more still out there, still gestating. Recently the business press has done some excellent reporting on the challenges faced by banks in their de facto position as front-line financial crime fighters. For example, one global bank spent almost $3 billion on financial crime compliance in 2015, with a department staffed with 9,000 personnel. As a comparative data point, the bank’s 2015 revenues were nearly $60 billion. In another example, a Wall Street Journal article on terrorism financing said: “[Suspicious activity report] filings on customers—arriving at the... [Read More]

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Risk & Compliance New Compliance Asks: Is Your Risk Data Management Sound?

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Jun302016

Have you got a handle on IFRS 9, CECL and BCBS 239? If not, and it all just sounds like regulatory alphabet soup, it’s time to familiarize yourself with these critical acronyms. All three requirements highlight the need for financial institutions to ensure the quality of their risk data. Aggregation and effective use of this data are becoming key to meeting new compliance challenges, not to mention an opportunity to derive additional business value. So what specifically are all these acronyms? Here’s a quick overview: IFRS 9 – IFRS 9 is a new international accounting standard that was adopted by the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB). In the aftermath of the financial crisis, the IASB believed that the accounting standards in use (specifically IAS 39) failed to highlight the losses that firms would face because they were based on past events. With the adoption of IFRS 9 beginning in 2018,... [Read More]

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