Anti-Money Laundering

Firms must comply with the Bank Secrecy Act and its implementing regulations (“AML rules”). The purpose of the AML rules is to help detect and report suspicious activity including the predicate offenses to money laundering and terrorist financing, such as securities fraud and market manipulation.

FINRA reviews a firm’s compliance with AML rules under FINRA Rule 3310, which sets forth minimum standards for a firm’s written AML compliance program. The basic tenets of an AML compliance program under FINRA 3310 include the following.

  1. The program has to be approved in writing by a senior manager.
  2. It must be reasonably designed to ensure the firm detects and reports suspicious activity.
  3. It must be reasonably designed to achieve compliance with the AML Rules, including, among others, having a risk-based customer identification program (CIP) that enables the firm to form a reasonable belief that it knows the true identify of its customers.
  4. It must be independently tested to ensure proper implementation of the program.
  5. An individual responsible for AML must be designated to FINRA.
  6. Ongoing training must be provided to appropriate personnel.

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MSRB Final Rule G-41Link02-17-2015
SEC and FinCEN re-extend no-action letter relief with some changes for CIP reliance upon investment advisersLink02-17-2015
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FinCEN Mandatory E-Filing FAQLink02-12-2015
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FinCEN’s SAR Activity Reviews – Trends, Tips & IssuesLink02-12-2015
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Suspicious Activity ReportForm02-11-2015
Currency Transaction Report (CTR)Link02-11-2015
American Bankers Association Resource Guide: Identification and Verification of AccountLink02-11-2015
FATF Guidance on the Risk-Based Approach to Combating Money Laundering and Terrorist FinancingLink02-11-2015
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FATF High Risk and Non-Cooperative JurisdictionsLink02-11-2015
FATF Methods and Trends for Money Laundering and Financing Illicit ActivitiesLink02-11-2015
Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC)Link02-11-2015
Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN)Link02-11-2015
Section 314(a) Facts and Figures
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Recent OFAC ActionsLink02-11-2015
Report a Blocked or Rejected Transaction to OFAC ElectronicallyLink02-11-2015
OFAC Search ToolTool / Resource02-09-2015
Frequently Asked Questions Regarding the FinCEN Suspicious Activity Report (SAR) FAQ02-05-2015
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