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IBM and Thomson Reuters are fusing their AI and data expertise to help financial institutions meet regulatory compliance requirements. The new regtech offering will be delivered from the IBM Cloud and feature real-time financial services data from thousands of content sources.

Firco Automated Alert Reduction increases the accuracy and relevance of matches, helping reduce manual review times and curb the escalating costs of compliance

Accuity, the leading provider of financial crime compliance, payments, and Know Your Customer (KYC) solutions, has announced its AI-driven account screening capability, ‘Firco Automated Alert Reduction’, which increases the level of accuracy in detecting and evaluating screening matches during the KYC process. It has also been optimised to integrate seamlessly with WorldCompliance™ data to expand its visibility into sanctions, politically exposed person (PEP) and adverse media lists, in support of compliance requirements.

This new module augments existing financial crime filters and alleviates a significant burden for organisations with large-scale compliance operations that rely heavily on human operators to review potential risks. Risks associated with customer accounts can include exposure to illicit financial activity, sanctioned entities, PEPs and reputationally exposed persons (REPs).

Existing matching technology compares customer data to the entities listed on regulatory watch lists, but until now, has not been sophisticated enough to eliminate the abundance of ‘false positive’ results produced, with the necessary level of accuracy. Manually assessing alerts to determine quality, potential risk, and whether further investigation is required, has been a significant drain on compliance resources and a contributor to the rising costs of compliance across the industry.

According to the recent Chartis Research Financial Crime Risk Management Systems: AML and Watchlist Monitoring report, “the success of an AML system is usually measured by the amount of time it saves and its reduction of false positives.”

FCG today announces the acquisition of Reg&Tech Solutions AB (Reg&Tech), a software technology provider of Big Data analytics and automation solutions to the financial services industry.

The International Compliance Association is pleased to announce the launch of a brand new qualification in its specialist certificate series: the ICA Certificate in Financial Crime Risk in Global Banking and Markets. The Certificate, which is awarded in association with Alliance Manchester Business School, the University of Manchester, is designed for those who want to explore the financial crime risks inherent in financial markets.

Prometeia – the global provider of Risk Management consulting and software solutions – and The Council Advisory Services Europe (The Council) – a primary player in the strategic and project advisory field in the Nordics and Baltic area – announced their strategic partnership with the intention of providing Risk and Compliance solutions to banks and financial institutions in the Nordics.

US regulators have promised not to penalise banks that use artificial intelligence tools to spot gaps in existing anti-money laundering programmes, paving the way for the use of new technologies to tackle illicit financial activity.

The clock is ticking for organizations all over the globe dealing with European personal data, to begin adopting the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which requires implementation by 25 May 2018. GDPR firmly establishes privacy as a fundamental right. Enterprises face several practical challenges in implementing GDPR within a short timeframe given the wide scope of the new Regulation. To the rescue with practical guidance is the latest publication from ISACAImplementing the General Data Protection Regulation.

Nasdaq has agreed to sell its enterprise governance, risk and compliance (GRC) software platform BWise to SAI Global. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Distributed ledger technology has huge potential to improve regulatory compliance processes, according to a report from the Euro Banking Association.

The ICA Advanced Certificate in Business Compliance is being offered for the first time in Slovenia from February 2018, in partnership with the European Institute of Compliance and Ethics (EICE). The course has been designed to meet the growing demand for highly skilled and qualified compliance professionals working in financial services and other regulated sectors.

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is inviting bids from firms that can build a tool that lets it review data from the most widely used blockchain ledgers in order to help it monitor risk and compliance, and inform policy, related to cryptocurrencies.

EY and Apiax join forces to transform the way the financial industry handles regulatory compliance. Through their cooperation, the two companies offer financial institutions efficient ways to stay compliant with complex financial regulations digitally.

Thomson Reuters has launched SECPlus Advanced with features to improve the workflow of financial reporting professionals. Built on the strength of its SECPlus SEC Filings research solution, SECPlus Advanced offers more precise search options, new filtering capabilities, faster results navigation, instant access to related documents, and a new filings comparison feature.

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