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Anti-Money Laundering Compliance Costs

Each year, anti-money laundering (AML) initiatives take more precedence in the corporate world, particularly within the financial industry. According to Celent, global spending on AML compliance, including operations and technology, will reach a staggering $5.8 billion within the financial sector by 2013.

Overall, the AML compliance burden is expected to expand at a rate of 7.8% annually while global spending on AML software is projected to expand at a rate of 10.4% per year. But what is the motivation behind such a drive? The research firm found that 42% of respondents cited regulatory requirements, and 25% pointed to reputational risk and brand protection as the main driver for AML compliance spending. And in further findings, financial institutions cited the integration of their AML and anti-fraud operations and technologies as a long-term goal.

"Although intuitively attractive, many institutions may find it difficult to build a business case for integrating AML with anti-fraud," said Neil Katkov, senior vice president for Celent. "Fortunately, the compliance-driven development of modern AML software, analytics and case management has created a new generation technology that can often deliver better results than legacy anti-fraud systems."

It seems it's out with the old and in with the new -- and expensive -- AML 

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Emily Holbrook is the editor of Risk Management magazine and the Risk Management Monitor blog.