For decades, IBORs set the benchmark rate for a wide range of financial products such as derivatives, bonds, loans, structured products, and mortgages to determine interest rates and payment obligations. Since the financial crisis, regulatory authorities and working groups all over the world have been discussing alternative risk-free rates (RFRs). Since the RFRs are distinctly different in amount and volatility to the IBOR interest rates, the transition will require considerable transformation efforts from both financial service companies and market participants.
Peer-to-Peer (P2P) payments are increasingly popular for their simplicity, speed, and global reach. Unfortunately, this also attracts financial crime. But often the responsibilities to fight crime is vaguely split between banks and payment intermediaries. However, both parties are under constant pressure to improve. Not just to keep up with the criminals, but also to keep up with regulators. Overall, the use of P2P payments will most likely increase in the future and therefore trust is crucial for its success.
EMIL is supposed to be an average German searching for his online identity. Digital Identities can differ a lot from the analog world. What are the benefits and risks of matching the digital and the analog world?
Artificial intelligence is the simulation of human behavior and it is already being used in many areas of society and the economy. Often, without us being aware of it. In the fight against financial crime, AI-based programs offer the possibility of effective transaction monitoring.
The EU Whistleblower Directive came into force in December 2019 to increase the protection of whistleblowers. Now, companies and authorities are required to set up notification systems. Reporting is particularly important in the Corona crisis in order to avoid risks or liability cases and to counter illegal behavior.
While Germany, Spain and Greece were popular vacation destinations in 2018, bookings for North Africa and Turkey are on the rise this year. No matter where to: more and more trips are not booked through a travel agency, but by tourists themselves on online travel platforms. In Germany, 40 percent of bookings already in 2017 – trend rising. The Internet
The art market is confronted with a new law, which comes with additional requirements. The 5th EU money laundering directive has been converted into national law on January 10. Now, art dealers and art brokers are obliged to identify clients and to assess risks. Affected are transactions with a value of 10,000 euros or more – not only the cash business, but all other transactions.
Peer-to-Peer (P2P) payments are all about ease-of-use and speed. This option to transfer money between two individuals closely resembles cash exchange, except the two “peers” never have to meet. Alas, every rose has its thorns, these convenient payments come with certain risks. However, considering a few tips, these easy payments can be used safely.
Stronger controls on traditional financial transactions and more effective systems to identify fraud and money laundering forces criminals to look for new ways to launder money. Often, digital channels and online platforms offer loopholes, especially for small payments. Microtransactions happen often below the radar of law enforcement and regulatory agencies. However, thousands of such small electronic payments can accumulate fast to significant amounts.
In many companies, home office was not common practice before the Corona crisis. Hence, the corresponding changes are significant. Working from home bares the risk of losing sensitive business data, cyber-attacks, or family members’ insight into confidential information. There is also increased potential for compliance violations. In the home office, the employer is also responsible for compliance with legal requirements. Corresponding guidelines and internal whistleblower reporting systems are helpful tools for fulfilling this obligation.