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Next Level Risk-Based Pricing is Coming: Beyond Decisioning and Pricing is Outcome Analysis

When economic times are good and funds are relatively easy to lend without meaningful short-term risk, most financial institutions find themselves in strong positions from a credit risk and earnings perspective. Yet, the tough lessons of lending and risk over the past 30 years have taught us many times over that economic cycles repeat. It’s [...]

By |2019-05-30T22:12:39+00:00October 25th, 2018|Blog, Compliance Tips|Comments Off on Next Level Risk-Based Pricing is Coming: Beyond Decisioning and Pricing is Outcome Analysis

Compliance Abhors a Vacuum – If the Void Is Filled with Heightened BSA Scrutiny, Would You Be Ready?

Originally appeared in CBIZ Insights While a climate of regulatory relief sweeps across the industry, it is a prudent compliance officer who keeps both feet on the ground and considers what risks such a climate could possibly present. Beyond awareness that regulatory enforcement is cyclical and subject to potentially rapid changes based on external or [...]

By |2018-07-31T11:03:56+00:00July 31st, 2018|Compliance Tips|Comments Off on Compliance Abhors a Vacuum – If the Void Is Filled with Heightened BSA Scrutiny, Would You Be Ready?

How Would You Describe the Complaint Management Process at Your Institution?

Find out how you could have free ongoing access to AffirmX's complaint management solution. Would you describe the complaint management solution at your financial institution as (a) hopelessly complicated, or (b) something you make up as you go? We hear from more and more financial institutions that examiners are looking at how they're set up [...]

By |2019-05-30T22:13:36+00:00July 16th, 2018|Blog|Comments Off on How Would You Describe the Complaint Management Process at Your Institution?

To Keep or To Shred: Introducing the 2018 Record Retention Schedule

See below for information about how to get a free copy of the newly updated 2018 Record Retention Schedule... To shred, or not to shred – now that is the real question. Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of an examiner who finds you shred too soon, or to [...]

By |2018-05-08T08:00:56+00:00May 8th, 2018|Blog|Comments Off on To Keep or To Shred: Introducing the 2018 Record Retention Schedule

In Search Of Compliance Independence From Your ISO? (Good Luck With That)

In banking, disclosures matter, especially when it comes to credit cards. The rules, and they are not a few, are specifically spelled out in great detail. Where it can get a little fuzzy is when third parties enter the equation. This is especially true with third parties known as independent service organizations, or ISOs, as [...]

By |2018-04-18T11:11:58+00:00April 18th, 2018|Compliance Tips|Comments Off on In Search Of Compliance Independence From Your ISO? (Good Luck With That)

What Did Rabobank Do to Deserve a $50 Million Penalty?

Everyone knows that complying with Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) and Anti-Money Laundering (AML) regulations is a must. However, for this California bank, their deficiencies cost them a $50 million penalty by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC). Let's see where they went wrong. Rabobank, N.A., of Roseville, California was subject to a [...]

By |2019-05-30T22:06:32+00:00February 20th, 2018|Blog|Comments Off on What Did Rabobank Do to Deserve a $50 Million Penalty?

Fighting the Continuing SAR Battle

Our most popular blog posts are about writing a knockout SAR narrative (you can find part one here and part two here). But when reviewing suspicious activity reports, we’ve noticed a large number of issues associated with fighting battles known as continuing SARs. As such, it seems that a guide to winning a continuing SAR battle is judicious. What Is [...]

By |2018-02-12T09:00:50+00:00February 12th, 2018|Blog|Comments Off on Fighting the Continuing SAR Battle

Figuring Out What to Say and How to Say It to the Board of Directors is Like Balancing on a Bicycle

"Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving." -Albert Einstein Successfully riding a bike to get where you want to go requires patience, knowledge, and experience. Determining what to say to your board of directors is like learning how to balance on a bicycle. The “what to say” is [...]

By |2018-02-05T09:00:39+00:00February 5th, 2018|Blog|Comments Off on Figuring Out What to Say and How to Say It to the Board of Directors is Like Balancing on a Bicycle

Three BSA/AML Errors to Avoid

Bank Secrecy Act and Anti-money Laundering (BSA/AML) enforcement is shaping up to be a hot compliance topic this year. We've heard from the NCUA that one of its supervisory priorities for 2018 will be BSA compliance. There are also some big changes coming in just a few months with FinCEN's new customer due diligence and [...]

By |2018-01-29T09:00:57+00:00January 29th, 2018|Blog|Comments Off on Three BSA/AML Errors to Avoid

The Wheels on the BSA Go Round and Round: In Pursuit of the Well-Written SAR Narrative (Part 2)

Consider your BSA program as one of the wheels that supports the vehicle that is your compliance program. Within this wheel, there are several smaller components—the rim, axle, and spokes could perhaps be considered due diligence, training, and suspicious activity monitoring. For BSA, one of these crucial pieces is the suspicious activity report (SAR) narrative. [...]

By |2018-01-22T09:00:51+00:00January 22nd, 2018|Blog, Compliance Tips|Comments Off on The Wheels on the BSA Go Round and Round: In Pursuit of the Well-Written SAR Narrative (Part 2)