It’s Not Me, It’s €.U

  • aml
  • 07/23/2021

It’s Not Me, It’s €.U

This month, the European Union revealed its plan to set up a new agency, the Anti-Money Laundering Authority [..]

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  • aml
  • 07/16/2021

The World [Is Not Enough]

Every day, millions of articles are published to the Internet across multiple platforms, languages and focal [..]

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  • aml
  • 07/09/2021

The Financial Action [Tech] Force

Last week, following its latest plenary, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), the global AML watchdog, [..]

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  • aml
  • 07/02/2021

Getting The Priorities Straight

This week, the U.S. Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) released the inaugural national [..]

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  • aml
  • 07/01/2021

Trade-Based Money Laundering

One might imagine the surprise a Customs Official has when viewing an invoice for toilet paper imported from [..]

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  • aml
  • 06/29/2021

What Is an AML Analyst?

An alert in a bank’s transaction monitoring system notifies that there is a large amount of money being [..]

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  • aml
  • 06/25/2021

ESG: Enabling Solid Governance

Last week, Reuters reported that investor groups have asked for more ESG disclosures from the US Securities and [..]

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  • aml
  • 06/18/2021

State of the Unit

This month, a new report titled the ‘True Cost of Financial Crime Compliance Global Report’ revealed that [..]

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  • aml
  • 06/11/2021

Putting You On Notice

Corruption and money laundering go hand-in-hand.  

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  • aml
  • 06/03/2021

A Digital Cold War: Dual Use & The New Frontier

Last month, the announcement of Germany’s arrest of a businessman suspected of purchasing “sophisticated [..]

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  • aml
  • 05/28/2021

A Digital Goldmine!

This week, the European Central Bank, in its push for supervisory technology, stated that “national bank [..]

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  • aml
  • 05/28/2021

Level 1 vs Level 2 Investigations

“Two heads are better than one”, as the old saying goes. However, in anti-money laundering and risk review, [..]

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  • aml
  • 05/21/2021

The Culture War

This week, the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS) released a report outlining [..]

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  • aml
  • 05/14/2021

The Man Behind the Curtain

This week, the WSJ rightly highlighted that the biggest impediment to the U.S. Treasury’s plans to implement a [..]

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  • aml
  • 04/30/2021

Take The Drama Out

During a recent industry workshop, several leading institutions, including Goldman Sachs, HSBC and Citi, among [..]

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  • aml
  • 04/23/2021

Survey Says

Last month, David Lewis, the executive secretary of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), called for a change [..]

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  • aml
  • 04/09/2021

5 Years Ago...

This week, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) marked the 5th anniversary of the [..]

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  • aml
  • 04/08/2021

The Role of International NGOs in the Fight Against Financial Crime

At first glance, one may not think that NGOs are big players in the anti-money laundering (AML) space. One may [..]

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History of Anti-Money Laundering Laws

As the Biden administration prioritizes the recently enacted Anti-Money Laundering Act of 2020 (2020 AMLA), the [..]

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The Smallest Country You've Never Heard Of

8 miles off the coast of Britain lies the Principality of Sealand, the world’s smallest self-proclaimed state. [..]

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Sigma Ratings Adds Former Citigroup Risk Executive to its Board

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The €6,500 billion Grand Duchy

€6,500 billion. It is the amount of assets managed by sometimes secretive investment funds in Luxembourg, the [..]

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Reflections & Predictions

What you should be paying attention to in 2021:

For ease of reading, we divide predictions between highly [..]

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Kabul via Khartoum

This week, as the Afghan peace deal went into effect, which includes the potential removal of economic [..]

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AML Investigations - How the Game is Changing in 2021

With estimates of up to $2 trillion being laundered through the global financial system and only 1% being [..]

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The Three Silos of Defense

With the SEC whistleblower program setting new records in 2020 and with a renewed focus on whistleblowers as a [..]

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From the Balance Sheet to the Value Sheet

This week, the World Economic Forum kicked off its annual summit with the theme of "A Crucial Year to Rebuild [..]

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Sigma Ratings Wins ‘Best Data Analysis Tool’ Award at 2020 Benzinga Global Fintech Awards

Firm Recognized for Its Revolutionary Cloud-Based Data Intelligence Platform and Customizable Entity Risk [..]

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Memes & Dreams

The world has changed.  

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Governance Risk For Banks: Joint Research with Fitch Ratings

The co-authored report titled “Governance Risk for Banks: Drawing on Experience and External Expertise to [..]

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The World [Is Not Enough]

Every day, millions of articles are published to the Internet across multiple platforms, languages and focal [..]

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Take The Drama Out

During a recent industry workshop, several leading institutions, including Goldman Sachs, HSBC and Citi, among [..]

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The Man Behind the Curtain

This week, the WSJ rightly highlighted that the biggest impediment to the U.S. Treasury’s plans to implement a [..]

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COVID-19: How to Set Up Your Compliance Function During Crisis

COVID-19’s rise has created significant shocks to the global financial and economic landscape. On April 9, [..]

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5 Years Ago...

This week, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) marked the 5th anniversary of the [..]

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  • AML
  • 02/10/2021

What is OSINT and how is it used for investigations?

As the Internet has come to play an increasingly central role in people’s lives across the globe, the [..]

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Fire & Ice

This week, the outgoing U.S. administration has continued its “aggressive use of sanctions” with a flurry of [..]

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Gabrielle Haddad named in Women In Fintech Powerlist 2020

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Survey Says

Last month, David Lewis, the executive secretary of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), called for a change [..]

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FT Feature: Fitch invests in AI start-up to improve bank misconduct detection

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Improved Filters for the Modern Investigator

We are excited to announce a number of new features that are purpose built for the modern investigator as we [..]

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Getting On Board

Over the last decade, gender diversity on corporate boards has become one of the most talked about trends and [..]

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Seamless Access to Global Risk News and Insights

We are excited to announce a host of new features that significantly improve the experience and ease of use for [..]

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The e-New Normal

This week, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), a global AML/CFT watchdog founded by the G7, published its [..]

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Fitch Group Invests in Sigma Ratings

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Level 1 vs Level 2 Investigations

“Two heads are better than one”, as the old saying goes. However, in anti-money laundering and risk review, [..]

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Rather Grim

It is that time of the year when Transparency International puts out its latest country ratings around the [..]

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A More Powerful User Experience

We are delighted to announce the release of our upgraded Sigma Open Search capabilities. This release is the [..]

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Too Big To Fail...Small Enough To Jail

The Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS) released the ‘ACAMS Compliance [..]

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Sanctions Flex

This week, the United States, EU, UK and Canada announced coordinated sanctions against key Chinese officials [..]

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Rome Wasn't Built In A Day

This week, as the United States’ Senate held the confirmation hearings on presidential nominations, Janet [..]

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No Representation Without Taxation

This week, the Tax Justice Network, a “group funded by donations and campaigning for transparency,” released the

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Product Update: September 30, 2020

Sigma expands Address Risk coverage, releases new matching algorithm and improves search speed by 5x

Hello [..]

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Putting You On Notice

Corruption and money laundering go hand-in-hand.  

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Take the Drama Out of Periodic Reviews With Perpetual Relationship Monitoring

The traditional approach to client reviews for KYC and AML purposes has been to invest in teams of people who [..]

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State of the Unit

This month, a new report titled the ‘True Cost of Financial Crime Compliance Global Report’ revealed that [..]

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From "Trade War" to "Tech War" and Back Again

Last week, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced it added 7 Chinese companies in the supercomputer space to [..]

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The End of Intuition: The Value of Independent Validation

Sigma asked executives at asset management firms and large financial institutions how they make investment [..]

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A Digital Goldmine!

This week, the European Central Bank, in its push for supervisory technology, stated that “national bank [..]

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The Culture War

This week, the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS) released a report outlining [..]

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  • AML
  • 04/08/2021

The Role of International NGOs in the Fight Against Financial Crime

At first glance, one may not think that NGOs are big players in the anti-money laundering (AML) space. One may [..]

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Navigating Risk in Crisis Virtual Compliance Round Table

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The Financial Action [Tech] Force

Last week, following its latest plenary, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), the global AML watchdog, [..]

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When The Feds Come Knocking

This week, media reports alleged that both the U.S. Department of Justice and the FBI were investigating Danske [..]

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ESG: Enabling Solid Governance

Last week, Reuters reported that investor groups have asked for more ESG disclosures from the US Securities and [..]

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Politically Exposed Person

So, an ex-banker’s wife walks into a British department store…

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From Macro to Micro

This week, global firms find themselves in the crosshairs of increasing geopolitical tensions between the [..]

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Embracing A New Era of Transparency

The leak and subsequent investigation of the FinCEN Files hit the financial services industry hard this past [..]

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Reimagining Normal: ESG Priorities Post COVID-19

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Getting The Priorities Straight

This week, the U.S. Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) released the inaugural national [..]

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ACFCS - Fincrime Virtual Week August 3-7, 2020

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  • AML
  • 12/01/2020

AML Act 2020

Sigma Ratings has reviewed the history of anti-money laundering legislation in the United States and [..]

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A Digital Cold War: Dual Use & The New Frontier

Last month, the announcement of Germany’s arrest of a businessman suspected of purchasing “sophisticated [..]

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Product Update: December 9th, 2020

Sigma releases API to detect and score financial crime risk at scale

Hello Sigma network!

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More With Less

Sigma Ratings is thrilled to have been named the Best Data Analysis Tool at the 6th Annual Benzinga Global [..]

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The FinCEN Files: Address Risk

With the release of the FinCEN Files, what was a common denominator related to an international money [..]

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FinCEN Files: SARs

Among the startling findings in the FinCEN files were details on the time it took financial institutions to [..]

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Unparalleled Global Coverage and Configurability

In addition to unrivaled coverage and configurability, Sigma News is now further aligned to recent FATF, [..]

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Shifting The Burden

This week, both the United States House of Representatives and Senate, through the “must-pass” annual defense [..]
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Governance Gains Ground

Over the last 8 months, the pandemic has brought significant uncertainty in global markets and in short and [..]

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  • AML
  • 06/29/2021

What Is an AML Analyst?

An alert in a bank’s transaction monitoring system notifies that there is a large amount of money being [..]

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  • AML
  • 07/01/2021

Trade-Based Money Laundering

One might imagine the surprise a Customs Official has when viewing an invoice for toilet paper imported from [..]

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It’s Not Me, It’s €.U

This month, the European Union revealed its plan to set up a new agency, the Anti-Money Laundering Authority [..]

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EU Export Control Modernization

Throughout the last few years, export controls have taken heretofore unseen prominence in news media headlines. [..]

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Watch Out!

This week, the WSJ reported that trade sanctions were placed on dozens of Chinese firms in the last week. [..]

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Stronger Together!

After senior careers in the U.S. Treasury Department and in law and development finance, we founded Sigma in [..]

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The United Nations of (Money Laundering)

In the wake of the FinCEN Files , lawmakers and regulators around the world have reacted to the unprecedented [..]

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  • AML
  • 02/24/2021

Shell Companies

For years shell companies have been at the heart of both legitimate business activity and money laundering [..]

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It All Came Crumbling Down

This week, the share price of Wirecard fell more than 60%, less than 2 years after its debut on the prestigious [..]

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Not So Cooperative!

This week, the Council of the European Union published its latest EU list of non-cooperative jurisdictions for [..]

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A Pandemic of Corruption

Last week, following weeks of investigative reporting, The Washington Post compiled their various [..]

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Canada's money laundering problem in the 'hundreds of millions': Financial crimes expert

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De-Listed

This week, the United States agreed to remove Sudan from its terror blacklist on the condition that the [..]

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Global News Coverage

What if you need the latest about business developments in Mongolia or better continuous monitoring of an [..]

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  • AML
  • 02/04/2021

Challenges of OSINT

Open-source Intelligence (OSINT) is an incredibly powerful tool for both the public and private sectors alike. [..]

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Remote Controls

This week, the Wall Street Journal reported that many companies are experiencing “new risks or that existing [..]

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PPPerpetual Fraud

This week, reports emerged that JPMorgan, in an internal memo, stated they’re investigating their own employees [..]

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300+ Million Pages

This week, Greece’s anti-corruption prosecutor, Eleni Touloupaki, confirmed to the OCCRP that her home was [..]

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Do I Really Know You?

Last week, we reported on the newly released 2020 Basel AML Index and the importance of a more dynamic [..]

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Error: This Person Does Not Exist

First Fake News, Now Fake People

Alexa Altos operates a web design firm in California, has a number of [..]

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Sigma Ratings is featured in August 2018 issue of Euromoney magazine

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It Takes Two

This week, the United States, in coordination with Panama, announced the formation of a new task force that [..]

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What's Wrong With This Picture?

Last week, the Basel Institute on Governance released its 2020 edition of the Basel AML Index. And what a [..]

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Cruising Along... But For How Long?

This week, France, following similar moves by Poland and Denmark,  announced that companies that base their [..]

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Using Soccer to Explain Country Risk Mapping

Not to be outdone by Goldman Sachs’ AI-generated World Cup predictions (spoiler alert: Goldman Sachs predicts [..]

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The Blockchain of 2020

Early in the pandemic, the FT, in response to the UK regulator sanctioning a digital KYC process, highlighted [..]

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Get on Board

Last week, the International Journal of Finance and Economics published a study that appears to indicate that [..]

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What the experts are saying about the value of Sigma Ratings

Q & A with Mark Batts

Former Managing Director, Financial Institutions Group Head of Enhanced Due Diligence [..]

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Feature Story: World's First 'Integrity Rating' Agency Launched

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Stuart Jones Jr. explores global financial institutions’ perspectives on de-risking and the impact of de-risking on the region’s banking industry

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Banking in Antarctica

Mapping financial networks to the edge of the world.

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The Search for an Updated Wolfsberg Questionnaire

On pushing forward broader adoption

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New Ratings Firm Measures Banks’ Financial-Crime Vulnerability

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The Data Problem

According to KPMG, 1 in 3 business leaders don’t trust the information they use to make decisions. How can you [..]

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Sigma Middle East Poll Follow Up

Many of you were so kind as to fill out our poll on risk in the Middle East . As you’ll see below, perception [..]

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What Does Transparency Look Like?

Transparency Does Not Need to Be Hard 

 “To achieve an equitable, inclusive, and more prosperous future for [..]

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Sigma Ratings Releases Breakthrough Features to Become the World's Most Comprehensive AI-Powered Business Risk Intelligence Platform

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Sigma to Present on AI at Parliamentary Intelligence-Security Forum

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Stuart Jones, Jr. Presents at NYU's Volatility Conference on the Importance of Non-Credit Risk

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Former U.S. Treasury official and compliance executive Robert Werner joins Sigma Ratings

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Financial institutions in Middle East seem to be lower risk than others: CEO

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Sigma Ratings, the world's first non-credit risk ratings agency, closes $2.4 million Series Seed funding

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Sigma Rating’s emerging market expertise is featured in Brazil’s top newspaper Valor Econômico

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Sigma Ratings Middle East Poll

Perception vs Data

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Scoping LEI Data Availability

In 2014 the Financial Stability Board (FSB) set up a standardized way to label and find the legal identity of [..]

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Inconvenient Truths

A New Hub for Money Laundering

Last week the Wall Street Journal highlighted a new, burgeoning money laundering [..]

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Norvik Banka Achieves BB+ Business Integrity Rating

Norvik Banka Achieves BB+ Business Integrity Rating  

Sigma Ratings Inc. announces its first-ever Sigma Rating [..]

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Globally Focused Asset Management Firm Rated 'A' with Positive Outlook for its Governance and Control Effectiveness

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Sigma's Gabrielle Haddad Presents at Innovate Finance in London on Future of Regtech

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AI-Driven Ratings Start-Up Brings Transparency To Banks

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Sigma Ratings findings: Gulf countries’ banking transparency on the rise

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Sigma COO Gabrielle Haddad on Bloomberg Middle East

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Holding Corporations (and Sovereigns) to Account

Why Sigma Ratings?

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Mapping Risk

Nothing is more constant than change.

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72% De-Risk vs. Manage Risk

A problem with few solutions

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Perception & Reality

During recent travel in the Middle East, we met with senior executives at leading banks, exchange houses and [..]

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ESG’s Next Frontier

Compliance is Missing from the Equation

More than $22 trillion assets are now invested according to ESG [..]

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Predicting ‘19…

In a few weeks, it will be the year of the pig, but I’m not so sure that its going to be that generous.  Much [..]

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Business Extra podcast: How can we assess risk in a world growing more complex?

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