Anti-money laundering (AML) compliance is one of the contentious and pressing issues in global finance today and an increasingly relevant area for professionals to keep up-to-date with. In this CPD article, we will explain what anti-money laundering is and its importance, as well as why you should take an anti-money laundering course and the best courses to take for your Continuing Professional Development.
What is money laundering?
Money Laundering, essentially, is the process of concealment of the origins of illegally obtained money, via means of investments or legitimate front. Money laundering is a significant issue that has appeared in many infamous cases by organised crime groups or as well publicised scandals for banks, corporations or politicians and thus anti-money laundering (AML) practices have become increasingly topical and urgent.
Examples of offences that are linked to money laundering are broad ranging and include, but are not limited to: Tax evasion, Theft and Fraud, Bribery, Corruption and Drug or human trafficking among others.
What is anti-money laundering (AML)?
Anti-money laundering comprises a number of different methods, legislation and training with the aim to prevent finical crime and the illegal use of finances. In the modern technology age, channels into international financial systems have become digitised, offering increased opportunities to money launderers for easy and more opaque movement of funds or fraudsters for nefarious activity.
As a result, this has created a market need for intelligent, flexible, and easy-to-use anti money laundering solutions as well as robust international institutions to police and monitor the world’s movement of money. Important and recognised global institutions in the fight against money laundering include:
- The International Monetary Fund (IMF). The IMF regulates and compels 189 member states to comply with international standards to prevent terrorist financing.
- The European Union released the first anti-money laundering Directive in 1990 to prevent the financial system's misuse of money laundering.
- Several organizations exist in the U.K. to prevent financial crime, including the National Crime Agency (NCA), Serious Fraud Office (SFO), Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and the Treasury (HMT).