Anti-Money Laundering News and Insights

Stay up-to-date with Anti-Money Laundering news and insights from New Zealand's AML experts. Learn more about the ever-changing AML world, and get the latest tips on how you can manage your AML obligations.

5 things to cover for suspicious activity reports

5 things to cover for suspicious activity reports

Every business prides itself on knowing its customers. Understanding their needs, wants, and behaviours is the foundation on which a business grows.

Typically, customers who use the same products and services tend to behave in the same way, with similar patterns of transactions and activities. And when a customer is acting unusually, i.e. outside the expected pattern of behaviour, it’s easy for businesses to spot this.

How can you best prepare for your AML Audit?

How can you best prepare for your AML Audit?

Finding your AML auditor is one of the first steps to take when it comes to preparing for your three-yearly AML audit. But to make sure you're as ready as you can be, there are a couple of key areas you have to look at beforehand. In this blog you'll find my quick run-down of the important things you need to do before you have your AML audit, and an opportunity to download our free guide to AML Audits.

Plugging the gaps in your AML programme

Plugging the gaps in your AML programme

Supervisors’ tolerance for gaps in AML programmes shortens

On August 2021, the FMA issued its AML/CFT Monitoring Insight Report for 2018 to 2021. The Director of Supervision noted that the AML/CFT regime has now matured to such an extent that the FMA has less tolerance for AML non-compliance. In other words, businesses are expected to have a strong handle on meeting their AML/CFT obligations.

We can expect this view to be true for the other Supervisors: DIA and RBNZ.

Anti-Money Laundering explained

Anti-Money Laundering explained

AMLHUB's quick guide to anti-money laundering in New Zealand

“Money laundering” – it calls to mind laundromats and giant bags of cash, or maybe the Netflix series Ozark. For most people it’s a vague concept that’s ‘bad’, with no understanding of what it is and how it actually happens. But it’s a big problem: in New Zealand alone, around $1 billion is laundered every year, while globally the figure is estimated to be $4 trillion.

4 top tips for managing your AML

4 top tips for managing your AML

You have to do AML — but it doesn't have to take your whole day. Read our 4 top tips for managing your AML/CFT programme better.

1. Get the business working as a team

Your frontline staff, compliance team, and management must work together as a team to meet the business AML obligations.

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