2018 is a dynamic year for anti-money laundering (AML) and regulatory compliance because of the advancement of artificial intelligence and regulatory technology. The rate of change and growth in these two areas has stimulated the growth of the digital transformation of how AML risk is managed by financial institutions and provided cheaper and easier to manage digital solutions for AML. Because of this digital impact, we should expect the process of detecting money laundering to be faster in 2018 due to the leverage it provides.
Financial institutions are expected to embrace a digital strategy that corresponds to their level of risk tolerance. AI is playing a crucial role by enabling machines to learn government regulations thus speeding up easier adoption. The implementation of the ever-changing and increasing number of regulations has been viewed as a regulatory burden by financial institutions because their adoption is subject to how they are interpreted.
In 2018, we expect to see financial institutions implement the use of the blockchain to make secure payments. In May 2018, HSBC conducted its first blockchain payment. As a big global bank, the adoption of blockchain payments will enable HSBC to have a clear permanent record of payments which will make it easier to trace rogue customers. It will also make their client due diligence easier.
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