The Dirty Money Series #7: Preparing the AML/CFT programme

By Dacreed on Jun 3, 2019 3:31:00 PM

Once a reporting entity (a business covered by the AML/CFT regime) completes its risk assessment, it must then put in place an AML/CFT (Anti-money laundering and countering financing of terrorism) programme that manages and mitigates these risks. A compliance programme has a direct relationship with the business risk assessment and must be based on it. When evaluating your programme (and risk assessment), supervisors and auditors will want to explore both its adequacy and effectiveness.

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The Dirty Money Series #6: Conducting a risk assessment

By Dacreed on May 27, 2019 1:29:00 PM

The foundation of a business’ AML/CFT (anti-money laundering and countering financing of terrorism) regime is an adequate and effective risk assessment. Businesses covered by the AML/CFT regime (known as reporting entities) have to assess the risk of money laundering and financing of terrorism they may reasonably expect to face in the course of business. This is called a risk assessment and must be done before creating an AML/CFT compliance programme.

It involves identifying the inherent risks faced by your business. ‘Inherent’ risks are those that exist before the controls required by the AML/CFT regime are put into place in your business.

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The Dirty Money Series #5: Appointing a compliance officer

By Dacreed on May 21, 2019 1:23:00 PM

Businesses covered by the AML/CFT (anti-money laundering and countering financing of terrorism) regime are known as reporting entities. If you operate a business that is a reporting entity you need to appoint a compliance officer to administer and maintain your AML/CFT programme.

The AML/CFT compliance officer is a key role in any organisation and any appointment to that role needs to be carefully considered. It is not a matter of simply assigning an employee, or yourself, to this role to demonstrate compliance with the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Act.

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The Dirty Money Series #4: If your business is covered by the AML/CFT regime, what do you have to do?

By Dacreed on May 16, 2019 2:26:00 PM

The AML/CFT (anti-money laundering and countering financing of terrorism) regime helps businesses take precautions against people who would seek to misuse the business for criminal gain. It aids in protecting the professional reputation of businesses in both NZ and international markets. In order to achieve these goals, the regime requires businesses covered by the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Act to put systems and processes in place to prevent criminals from trying to exploit any perceived vulnerabilities in those businesses.

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The Dirty Money Series #3: The Gatekeepers

By Dacreed on May 13, 2019 2:25:00 PM

Legitimate businesses have a contributing role in preventing the misuse of financial and professional services. Businesses operating in the financial, legal, property and high-value goods markets are at the frontline for countering criminal activity in NZ. They are the gatekeepers.

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The Dirty Money Series #2: How dirty money is cleaned

By Dacreed on May 6, 2019 11:39:09 AM

When criminals make money from illegal activities such as fraud, drugs and tax evasion they need to ‘clean’ it in order to spend it in the legal economy. They need to convert the proceeds of crime so that they can realise and enjoy the financial benefits of their offending.

Money laundering is a process that cleans illegally obtained funds of their dirty criminal origins. The money is laundered so it looks like it comes from a legitimate source, enabling criminals to cover their tracks and avoid being detected. Successful money laundering allows criminals to enjoy profits and furthers the cycle of criminality by making funds available for reinvestment in crime.

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The Dirty Money Series #1: Money laundering – how big is it here?

By Dacreed on Apr 23, 2019 2:18:00 PM

Money laundering is happening every day all over the world. And New Zealand is not immune. In fact it would surprise most New Zealanders to learn that money laundering is big here, very big. More than $1.35 billion in proceeds from drug dealing and fraud is laundered every year through legitimate NZ businesses. This is just the ballpark figure for 2018. 

The actual transactional value of money laundering is likely to be several times that amount, as launderers move funds through multiple transactions. And the reality is that the true cost to the country, which includes the social cost of the organised crime and the suffering it causes, is estimated to be a great deal higher.

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Risk Management - Insurance isn't enough

By Dacreed on Apr 12, 2019 8:45:18 AM

Risk is on the rise for New Zealand businesses, according to a recent survey. It also showed that those risks are occurring faster than they were before, with 52% of respondents confirming this.

Dealing with risk is an inherent aspect of business management, and it’s important to control and limit that risk so that you can focus on more important things, like growing your business and focusing on success.

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High-risk clients – bring them on

By Tim Larkin on Mar 15, 2019 12:10:00 PM

Why the untouchables could be the next big thing for your business.

As an insurance adviser you strive to represent your clients best interests and provide them with the best-value insurance in the market. However, what happens when your client has a poor claims history and many of the underwriting options are simply unavailable to you? 

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Is business banking lifting its game?

By Jillian Stewart on Mar 11, 2019 1:47:38 PM

When banks are exposed, why don't they do more to help businesses manage risk? 

All successful businesses are constantly looking for ways to improve. However, banks in New Zealand generally ensure they have significant security over all business loans, usually over the owners residential properties. This means that there are few immediate returns in investing further in their clients business needs beyond debt facilities.

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Hey brokers, don’t get left behind

By Benedict Stewart on Mar 5, 2019 10:21:51 AM

Business owners are in charge of their own safety net. But brokers know that business owners need advice from a competent financial adviser to ensure they have appropriate cover for their individual situations. In the old days the quality of the advice was enough to distinguish a good broker from the pack in the eyes of their clients.

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Risk management - It's about being proactive

By Tim Larkin on Feb 28, 2019 11:51:00 AM

If you talk to any big business owner, or their management team, they’ll tell you that managing mitigating and reducing risk is one of their top priorities. What they understand is that any investment they make to help reduce risk in their business is well worth it. They’ve assessed and calculated the risks and challenges their business faces, and have taken steps to eliminate them – or reduce them as much as possible.

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How to truly become a trusted financial advisor

By Tim Larkin on Feb 14, 2019 11:50:00 AM

When you think of professionals who business owners consider a trusted financial advisor, accountants would be among the first to spring to mind. And yet, in a 2018 survey of MYOB clients, only 6% thought of their accountant as a trusted financial advisor. That’s in stark contrast to the 72% of accountants who viewed themselves as trusted financial advisors.

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Revealed: how innovative insurance brokerage firms are using Dacreed’s platform to boost market share

By Tim Larkin on Jan 31, 2019 12:05:58 PM

Technology is changing the face of most industries around the world, and the insurance sector is certainly no exception. Software generally is making it easier than ever before for clients to get advice, purchase insurance, and process claims.

Dacreed is a risk management platform designed to help clients reduce and manage their actual business risk. It’s an add-on risk management solution used by clients to supplement their insurance policies.  Already, leading brokers are providing the platform to add value for their clients.

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Here’s why you need to learn new software skills to succeed in today’s market

By Benedict Stewart on Dec 13, 2018 4:30:03 PM

The traditional thinking goes something like this: work hard at school, get a degree and then dine out on that degree for 40 years until you retire on a generous pension.
For better or worse, the sun is setting on those halcyon days. In its place is a rapidly evolving job market, driven by dizzily fast-paced technological change.
I’m not saying you should quit your job and buy a one-way ticket to Silicon Valley. And I’m not saying that tomorrow you will turn up to work to find a robot sitting in your chair (at least not yet).
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The big mistakes costing small businesses in New Zealand

By Benedict Stewart on Dec 6, 2018 12:08:49 PM

It’s no secret that small businesses have it tough relative to their larger counterparts. It’s equally undoubted that a lack of resources, financially or otherwise, affects anything from credit ratings and capital raising through to people-power and technological capability. Due to the limited resources, small businesses are typically more exposed to external risks beyond their control, whether that’s an economic slowdown, a key employee resigning or losing an important contract. 

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Want to go agile? Make sure your team is prepared.

By Benedict Stewart on Dec 6, 2018 11:40:29 AM

The most innovative business teams are going agile. How can your team join the movement?

Up until recently, the agile methodology was a project management tool reserved exclusively for software teams. That’s because the original Agile Manifesto was designed by techies, for techies. Now business and strategy teams are adopting agile, and it’s taking off.

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The unthinkable has happened, you’ve been attacked

By Jillian Stewart on Nov 6, 2018 5:46:11 PM

You are the owner of an SME and therefore you can be fairly sure that the following three things apply to you:
  • There is a lot more cyber crime than you’re aware of
  • The risk caused by cyber criminals is greater than you think
  • If you are attacked there is a serious downside
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Do you need to train your staff on cybersecurity?

By Jillian Stewart on Nov 6, 2018 5:15:36 PM

Insiders including employees, consultants, contractors and suppliers are the lead cause of cyber incidents for SMEs. While it’s true that a high number of incidents can be attributed to hackers, the majority rely on an employee, for instance, taking action(e.g. opening an attachment in an email, clicking a link). In other words, your business is just one click away from being compromised.

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Creating a cyber policy for SMEs

By Jillian Stewart on Nov 6, 2018 3:51:09 PM

To protect company data and systems from cyber attacks SMEs must devise, implement
and enforce a formal security policy. The policy needs to specify the systems and data that need to be protected against attacks and who is responsible for protecting it.

Staff are key to maintaining a culture of security in your business. The contents of your cyber security policy will guide employees on the use of technology and online behaviour.

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Proactively train your staff in AML/CFT

With the Dacreed online compliance training system you can:

  • assess your team’s knowledge, application and retention of AML/CFT training
  • keep track of your team’s completion dates and completion rates
  • tailor the training for different employees depending on their roles and tasks