The FCC-7 INSIGHTS

Seven minutes to learn something new about FCC
THE PAPERS

With each article, we shed light on a specific aspect of FCC and try to deliver valuable insights based on the experience of our team.  As we know you are busy and we are very conscious of your time, we limited the reading time of each paper to 7 minutes to provide high content density in a short format.

We hope you’ll enjoy it and learn something new with each article. Also listen to the FCC-7 Podcasts for additional insights.

DECIDING WITH CONTEXT (21 Sep 2021)

Why Know Your Transaction (KYT) is a breakthrough innovation for transaction screening.

When speaking with analysts having to resolve sanction screening alerts, the first complaint you hear is usually about false positives: “There are too many alerts”, “The system always returns the same hits”, “we spend our time accepting hits we already accepted”, “why can’t the system just get smarter?”.
To these analysts, we want to say: “We hear you”. And we might have good news for you. Let’s dive into a new approach that could really make alert handling better, safer and faster…

THE CASE FOR PRE-CHECKING (09 Jun 2021)

How removing friction is becoming a competitive advantage.

The payments landscape has dramatically evolved over the last couple of years. Hundreds of new fintechs – supported by billions in venture capital – have emerged with a mission to deliver a radically better customer experience for payments. Incumbents did not stand still: they reacted by modernizing their existing “rails” and embracing new payments methods or instruments…

BUILD OR BUY? (07 Apr 2021)

Why fintechs need to think carefully about what technology to keep inhouse.

In the past, to start a technology business such as a fintech, you had to build -at great cost- every single component that was required to deliver the service: user interface, back-office, operations… but also infrastructure, network or security. Today, all this changed radically, and fintech founders can rely on cloud services, open-source components and APIs to build their product.

DON’T RECYCLE YOUR NAME SCREENING SOLUTIONS FOR TRANSACTIONS (09 Mar 2021)


Fintechs need to step up their game and use adequate technology to screen their payment transactions.

For many Fintechs, compliance with financial crime regulations is an iterative and painful discovery journey. While banks have been increasingly exposed to these regulations for over two decades, most Fintechs only got created over the last few years and their initial focus was – rightfully– on offering a distinctively better customer service and experience…

WHY IS HOLISTIC MATCHING A GAME CHANGER? (02 Feb 2021)

A radically new approach to watchlist screening is boosting quality and reducing waste.

For many Fintechs, compliance with financial crime regulations is an iterative and painful discovery journey. While banks have been increasingly exposed to these regulations for over two decades, most Fintechs only got created over the last few years and their initial focus was – rightfully– on offering a distinctively better customer service and experience…

STRONGER TOGETHER (19 Jan 2021)

What does it take for Financial Crime Compliance utilities to succeed?

According to recent Celent estimates, the financial community spends around 30 billion USD every year at global level to fight financial crime. All players (financial institutions, fintechs and increasingly corporates as well) massively invest at individual level to comply with increasingly complex and far-reaching regulations, often with unintended negative side-effects in terms of end-customer experience and pace of innovation. And yet, the outcome is still really disappointing. It is estimated that only 1% of financial crime is actually prevented….

SHIFTING  GEARS (13 Nov 2020)

The path towards next generation transaction and counterparty screening

For many years, Transaction and Counterparty Screening has been a regulatory expectation in most countries as part of the broader Anti Money Laundering (AML) and Counter Terrorist Financing (CTF) regulations. It applies to all financial institutions but also increasingly to fintechs and corporates, which – beyond the compliance expected by their local authorities or their banking partners – also rightfully aim at making a positive ethical contribution to the whole community by helping fight financial crime…