Tag: Finance

 

Yellen to Congress: US Anti–Money Laundering Policies Hurt the Poor

Rich countries’ anti-money laundering rules are “causing a great deal of hardship” by making it very costly for migrants to send money home. So testified Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen before lawmakers on the House Financial Services Committee in Washington this week. It’s a problem a CGD Working Group is looking at right now: the de-banking of remittance organizations by many banks that cite burdensome compliance requirements.

8 Questions for the US Budget Hearings

FY16 budget hearings are a-coming. And here at CGD, we’ll be listening closely to what Secretaries Kerry and Lew have to say on development issues, as well as USAID Acting Administrator Lenhardt and the heads of other development agencies who might be called up before the appropriations committees in the next few months.

Here are eight questions I hope to hear asked of the administration’s development leaders:

And Then There Were None? Banks Are De-Banking on a Grand Scale

In a few weeks’ time Australia’s Westpac bank will start closing down the accounts of money transfer organizations used by immigrants to send money home. Westpac is the last major Australian bank still offering services to organizations in the country’s US$25bn remittance sector.

 

 

The Unintended Consequences of Anti–Money Laundering Policies

De-banking is an ugly word, but it’s the focus of a new working group launched by CGD in Europe. Banks in rich countries, under pressure from anti–money laundering and counterterrorism enforcement efforts, are increasingly “de-banking” money transfer organizations that operate in poor countries. In other words, to prevent criminals transferring their ill-gotten gains around the world electronically, they are denying banking services to legitimate companies that are a vital route for millions of people and businesses. And we are talking huge sums of money. 

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