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Events Calendar added

New page on Mr. Watchlist – a list of upcoming events. For now, it has all the ACAMS conferences for 2013, as well as the ABA/ABA Money Laundering Enforcement Conference, the ACFCS conference, and the annual SIFMA conference. As I come to know of other conferences, seminars and webinars, I’ll […]

The devil is in the details

Economic sanctions programs are not. in general, a total prohibition in business dealings. To know which things are permissible, you need to go beyond the list to whatever descriptive guidance is given by the specific regulator. OFAC, in particular, puts voluminous information on its website for each program. In addition […]

December 7: OFAC Actions

OFAC today added 2 Mali nationals and one terror group to their Terror Sanctions program. The terror group, known as MUJAO, MUJWA and TWJWA, among other things, was recently added to the United Nations Consolidated List as well. Link: OFAC Recent Actions release Funny thing: I got 3 emails from […]

Are you drowning in PEPs?

If you are, and you belong to ACAMS, you can check out my article (over at or on the ACAMS Today iPhone app) on why the number of Politically Exposed Persons has exploded recently, and what you can consider doing to stem the tide from overwhelming you. And, when […]

Get yer watchlists – HERE!

In the interest of “one-stop shopping” (or at least fewer stops), I’ve added a Watchlists page to this site. It’s got a bunch of watchlists in a number of forms, ranging from HTML and PDF on the one hand through XML and Excel-compatible formats on the other. Included are lists […]

Watch you talkin’ about, Willis?

Time for the most basic of basics: what are watchlists and why do people use them? Watchlists are lists of people, places and things that could expose companies and other organizations to elevated financial, reputational and/or regulatory risk. Some lists are issued by official bodies, while others are assembled by […]

New SWIFT Whitepaper on compliance costs

SWIFT has issued a concise (3 page) whitepaper on the challenges of watchlist screening. While it doesn’t do much to address the solutions to the quandary that regulated firms face, it lays out the problems pretty effectively. These include: The growth in watchlist listings in the recent past (they estimate […]