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A statement from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development says that a meeting of the heads of the leading multilateral development banks (MDBs) meeting at the 2018 Global Infrastructure Forum (GI Forum) today reaffirmed their commitment to work together to deliver inclusive, resilient, and sustainable technology-driven infrastructure. "

There's a lot of blah-blah-buzzword-blah and then comes a sentence that should pique the interest of all in the financial and aid sectors.

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The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) has issued warnings relating to fake websites and/or phishing attacks on customers of three banks: China Citic, OCBC Wing Hang and Bank of China.

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There is something off here: you can use your credit card to buy pornography of the most awful and depraved kinds ,you can use your credit card to place illegal wagers or take part in illegal gambling, you can use your credit card to buy drugs, legal and illegal from illegal or at least dubious sources or to put money at risk in pump and dump schemes and the banks and credit card companies are adamant that they cannot identify and prevent such transactions. And yet, when their own business models are under threat, suddenly they are able to identify and prevent the purchase of cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin, Ethereum and Ripple plus many, many more.

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At 17:58 this evening, we received a warning about a fake website for Hang Seng Bank (see story. At 18:58, a second warning arrived, this time about Wing Lung Bank. Here are the details

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Case Summary: 

Americans Rodney Hesson, 47, and his mother, Gertrude Parker, 63, together owned eight psychological services companies that operated in Louisiana, Mississippi, Florida, and Alabama. Hesson's companies operated as Nursing Home Psychological Services, and Parker's companies operated as Psychological Care Services.They were part of a 2015 sweep that netted more than 240 medical professionals.

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Healthcare / Medicare fraud

It's very clear that, when Britain is outside the EU, there will be changes to the legal and regulatory framework applicable to, amongst other industries, its financial services sector. It is therefore obvious that UK banks must have representation in Frankfurt where the ECB is based. Not only is this not new, it's not even a tiny little threat to the UK financial sector, no matter what the media says.

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In an excellent, and enterprising, initiative, New York has used some USD58 million of the vast fines and penalties it has applied to foreign banks to help in an innovative crime prevention scheme aimed at young people who, in the absence of help, are more likely to rob banks than to work in them.

I hate buzzwords. I hate management-speak. And I really, really hate trends that appear to be one thing when really they are another. And more than all of those combined, I hate marketing-hype bubbles where everyone talks in breathless terms about the means instead of the ends or, even, the process.

So it follows, even though I've been fascinated by technology for decades, I'm irritated by the growth of so-called "fintech."

And I'm watching all the signs of a bubble.

When we found an advertisement for illegal downloads of Sun Tzu and the Art of Litigation, we wrote to everyone that public records showed as connected to the issue or hosting of the domain. We found, again, that Cloudflare was at the heart of the illegal operation and therefore being paid to provide services to criminals who may be generating profits for organised crime or for material support for terrorists. FCROs must consider the business practices and risk management models of their customers because, by definition, banks are receiving, harbouring and distributing the proceeds of criminal conduct received via those companies.

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The UK Treasury has issued a notice bringing into effect additional requirements. Under the notice issued 6 May 2016, by 31 May credit and financial institutions must terminate all financial dealings with the government of North Korea, with the ruling Party - and essentially freeze the whole of North Korea out of the UK banking system by, amongst other things, closing branches and accounts.

If the UK leaves the European Union, it will have a choice as to whether to revoke, modify or retain laws that are imposed by reason of EU Directives. The Financial Sector is one of the areas most affected by EU-imposed laws. Here are three examples of relevant laws and the likely effect on the UK financial sector if the UK left the EU.

The Jakarta Post reports that it has seen a copy of a draft banking Bill which has been "specifically developed to target foreign banks operating here," it says.

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Editorial Staff

Madoff: I'm opening a new fund. We have existing funds that are going really well but I want to do something on my own, a kind of last hurrah, ego trip after a lifetime of making great investments.

Collection of banks: Hurrah

Private investors: Hurrah

People who should know better: hoo - hoo- awesome - rah.

Britain's Left, led by Gordon Brown who, with Tony Blair has presided over a stealthy but steady move towards both socialism and republicanism in the UK over the past eleven years will today, via Brown's proxy at the Treasury, announce the biggest step left yet, as they nationalise large parts of a strategic industry.

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From World Money Laundering Report Vol. 1 No. 1
October 1999

Understanding Russian Banking.
Lapidus & van de Waal-Palms,
Mir House, USA. US$25.
Language: American English.

 


 

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